Tonight I met up with Rob, Richard, Sir Bob and fellow Collins & Herring jingle writer, Rose, and we got our usual front row seats, though Rose slightly hid in the row behind as she was a little anxious about being picked on. This was, as we shall see later, a wise move.
Now I can't remember all the names of the acts in the first half, but there was a really good Australian comic who, too look at reminded me a little of Sarah Millican, but who had an acid tongue. She liked younger men and pointed at Rob, asking if he was straight. When the answer came back negatively, she asked him how old he was, and when Rob told her he was 26, she dismissed him for being too old. There was also an Asian guy who was very good, as well as a northern female comedian too. I would definitely like to see all of these acts do their regular set some time. If someone can fill me in with the names it would be great.
There was another northern comedian armed with a guitar, Stevie Gray, who liked the look of Richard. This is where Rose's hiding in the second row all came good, as Stevie demanded Richard join him on stage. As a compulsive show off, Richard needed no persuasion and bounded on stage and was given a pirate costume. Now I didn't quite understand the point of the song, or why it was funny, however it did involve Richard shouting "Aaaar" and hopping. But, as I said, I'm not quite sure why.
All through the performances there was a group near the back who were constantly chattering. They probably didn't realise how distracting it was for the audience and the friends I was with had commented on it too. I told them not to worry as Mary wouldn't stand for it and was soon proven right.
Mary is good value on Facebook, but would be a fantastic asset to twitter. Come on Mary - join us!
I had been looking forward to seeing Tony Hawks for some time. I remember him from back in the day and have read a few of his books. He started out by explaining that he wasn't Tony Hawk, the Jackass star and skateboarder, which is something he must get a lot, as there was a long routine in his show about emails that have been sent to him by mistake and how he has replied to them. There is even a special section on his website dedicated to this. I wonder if Tony Hawk gets requests for signed copies of Stutter Rap?
The heat was so stifling in the venue even with both doors open that Tony was struggling to keep his guitar in tune, but we didn't mind. Some of his routines, such as the one about self-checkouts in supermarket and the voice that says "unexpected item in the bagging area" could be seen as a little obvious, but this show is in its early days yet and he will be touring it extensively round the country from September.
Richard doing his pirate dance!
I had a quick chat with Tony after, where he enquired about my "Who Is Virgilio Anderson" t-shirt. When I wear it anywhere other than where there are a lot of Richard Herring fans, it does tend to provoke a few questions. I tried to explain as best as I could. A lot of people do ask, so here is the first part of the story from Richard Herring which continues here. There's even a Virgilio Anderson song involving Richard's furious podcast rant!
So, enjoy Edinburgh. I shan't be there but shall be living it via Twitter and podcasts. If you're there, make sure you see:
- Michael Legge & Robin Ince (double act as well as their solo shows)
- Mary Bourke
- Lou Sanders
- Richard Herring (he's also doing a live daily podcast as well as his actual show!)
- Joel Dommett
- Bennett Arron
- Sanderson Jones (and while you're their buy a ticket directly from him for his Comedy Sale project)
- Catie Wilkins
- Eric Lampaert
- Rich Fulcher
- Tara Flynn
- Thom Tuck