26 August 2012
Set List is held in the Just the Tonic caves. Rob J and I get a 2for1 password (I think it was Piano Tuna) from a flyerer, so it is £5.50 each. Four comedians are given 5 unseen subjects to riff on. The subjects come on the screen, they do a few minutes on the subject and when they feel they have got all they can out of the subject, they look back up at the screen and on to the next subject.
We see Andrew Maxwell, Sara Pascoe, John Robbins and Paul Foot. They all do well and get laughs out of all the subjects. It works best when they take the subject on an unexpected track, somewhere that you haven’t considered. Paul Foot does an extraordinary job. He goes very abstract, but manages to get it to all ‘make sense’ and lands some proper punchlines.
I wake on our last show-day to feel irritable. I have seen the finish line and am eager to get home and see my wife and daughter. The end of this day cannot quick enough.
I have been carrying my camera around in my bag for the last three and half weeks and hardly taken any photos. I go out with the intention of taking a few photos today.
The Tourists are in high spirits on their last day and put on a good show. I hope to see them again soon.
The Tourists – James, Tony, Rohan and Kate
Oh how embarrassing – I didn’t know they were taking a photo. That’s me hard at work, ‘working the buttons’.
I do some touristy shopping and go in some of the many Scottish souvenir shops to get presents for my wife and in-laws.
I realise that I haven’t had any haggis to eat the whole time I have been in Scotland. I remedy this immediately in a nice pub on the High Street.
My haggis is very nice, but a girl seating near me has a very impressive looking fish’n’ chips. I tell her that it looks good and she says “thank you”, as she had made it herself. Perhaps she thought I was congratulating on her choice.
The BCC Lions decide (after my suggestion) to not flyer on our last day. This gives Rob J and I the opportunity to see the play that is on directly before our show. It is called Made for Each Other. I have talked to Monica Bauer, the writer since our second day in Edinburgh and I really like her a lot.
Made for Each Other is fantastic. It received three 5 star reviews and I talked to quite a few audience members after they had seen the show and they all said how much they liked it. Monica is hoping to come back next year and put Made for Each Other in a bigger venue.
Monica Bauer’s website
Without flyering we get 10 people in to the show. 2 audience members are from Portugal and 2 are from Argentina, but they all seem to have a good grasp of the English language.
We turn the last show into a party with party poppers, party hats, heavy metal, vodka, balloons and nibbles. Whoever said you couldn’t tell jokes while Cancer Bats are playing… It is a lot of fun and everyone has a good time.
Rob K closes the show with a conga, which snakes out of our room and into the bar. This receives a lot of attention. We then do what all party animals do at the end of a party – tidy up. We may be revellers, but we are responsible revellers.
A bit of the mess
As we are tidying up, quite a few people try to come into the room who are expecting The Tibetan Book of the Dead – The Musical. There was an administrative error that had the musical down as being on the first half of the festival and the 26th. I tell the people waiting that it was an error and it is not going to be on. There is a woman who had already seen the show, loved it and had brought a friend along to see it. She is very disappointed.
I should say that although we turned the show into a party, we still made it entertaining. I wouldn’t want to just make it in to a self-indulgent mess. In fact, the audience did enjoy the show and were very complimentary.
We don’t have much time to clean as we have tickets for Catie Wilkins. After doing a show that consisted of drinking vodka and letting of loads of party poppers, it is a bit of a comedown watching Catie Wilkins, the most mild-mannered comedian we have seen at the Fringe. Perhaps the most mild-mannered comedian I have ever seen.
I did enjoy Catie Wilkins’ show. There weren’t many in to see it though and at one point I looked around to see a row of people look thoroughly bored. The delivery is quiet and shy, so you do need to put some work in and pay attention in order to get it.
After the show one of my Robs says that he didn’t enjoy Wilkins’ show, but I’m not sure if he is joking. He might have just been saying it to set-up some mock-sexist jokes. I approve of pretending to have a strong opinion on a subject for no other reason, but to set up a joke.
Rob K and Liane break their battered snickers hymen. They very much enjoyed their battered Mars bars a couple of nights ago and so wanted to ‘do’ another battered chocco bar. They say it is good, but not as good as the Mars.
The last show of this year’s Fringe I go to see (with my Robs) is The Greatest Show on Legs. It is a chaotic sketch comedy show from Martin Soan that Malcolm Hardee used to do. It is nuts (in more ways than one). Bob Slayer is part of the troupe for this run and is a good pick for this show, as he is willing to degrade himself and push the barriers. He ends this final show naked sitting on the stage for along time after the show has officially finished, while the Martins tidy away all their props.