No upcoming gigs at the moment! Sorry. Giving stand-up a little rest for a while…
As much for my benefit as for anyone else’s, here’s a list of all the gigs I’ve done so far, in reverse chronological order.
Quest 4.04 is now available.
If you’re a Quest Pro user, you can download your update from the new “My Downloads” area at http://www.axeuk.com/mydownloads
Otherwise you can download Quest 4.04 from http://www.axeuk.com/quest/download.htm
This is a bug-fix release, which addresses the following:
I have two gigs coming up and I’m planning to do a brand new Christmas-themed set. So I’d better bloody well get on and write it.
Bleugh. I seem to have caught whatever bug has been going round the office, so I’ve spent the last couple of days on the sofa napping, watching terrible television and making wimpy wailing noises even though there’s nobody around to listen.
I’m sure being ill used to be more fun, but in recent years they’ve completely ruined daytime television. This morning BBC1 had “Homes Under the Hammer”, then “Buy It, Sell It, Bank It?”, then “Bargain Hunt”, and finally “Cash in the Attic”. Four titles lasting three hours, but essentially all the same programme. I’m not saying Kilroy and Wipeout were pinnacles of broadcasting achievement but compared to what passes for daytime TV now they deserve Oscars.
Even Working Lunch, which used to be the highlight of a day off for me, has been ruined by the recent changes they’ve made to the format, the studio and the presenters. I used to quite enjoy the amiable amateurishness of it all, but now they’ve basically turned it into the One Show. Even worse they’ve got rid of the fish-themed set and title sequence. Now admittedly that never seemed to make a whole lot of sense for a business news programme, but at least it had character - something that seems to have gone out the window in the latest revamp.
A door to door seller/scammer knocked earlier. He was dressed in a white boiler suit for some reason, and instead of launching into a sales pitch, he asked me if my parents were in. No, you did read that correctly. He asked me if my fucking parents were in! I’m not sure when the last time that happened was but it was probably some time in the early 1990’s. I’m clearly so ill I’ve now taken on the appearance of a 12 year old. I closed the door in his face and he then started shouting something before moving on to harrass my neighbours instead.
That was the most interesting thing to happen today. I think I would have preferred going to work.
And so at last, after some delay, we arrive at the fifth and final part of my reviews of the shows I saw at Edinburgh. It’s been quite a long and drawn-out process. I hoped I might finish these reviews sooner to be honest. But never mind, we’re finally here, and there are only three shows left to talk about. Here are links to part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4.
Adams & Rea at Pleasance Courtyard. Adams & Rea.
We did an “Of Mics And Men” “preview” “show” with Adams & Rea, so once again I’ll excuse myself the embarrassment of a full review, but if you like silly musical comedy about corner shops, picking up litter, and the BBC’s “Test The Nation”, this is for you, so check out their website for dates of upcoming gigs.
Chortle give them a 3 star review.
Alex Horne: Wordwatching at Pleasance Courtyard
I’d never heard of Alex Horne until I saw him in the pretty shitty “We Need Answers”, which I reviewed in part 2. Although much of that show was sub-par, I did enjoy Horne’s geeky PowerPoint animations which he’d clearly spent far more time working on than was strictly necessary. So we decided to check out his full show, “Wordwatching”. This was all about his mission to introduce new words, and new meanings for existing words, into the English language. There are various reviews of the show on the man’s own website, so it seems pointless to repeat their various points here.
His attempt to have three Alex Hornes conversing with each other - one on a big screen, one on a small television and one real Alex Horne - was a jolly good attempt, even if his laptop crash ultimately turned it into more of an endearing failure. Jolly entertaining stuff though.
Knock2Bag (Free) at The Jekyll & Hyde.
Mark Restuccia was MC for this, our final free show before getting the train back to London. Also present were Albion Gray, Rupert Majendie and Mark Dandy. I won’t do a full review as I know Mark from my stand-up course, and the others vicariously from various open mic nights - but I will say I was impressed with the quality of the filmed sketches used as inserts between the comedians. Nice work!
And so, at last, that’s all 20 of the shows I saw at Edinburgh, reviewed or at least pseudo-reviewed, or, at the very least, listed. I think the only thing I can conclude is that reviewing is a waste of time. Especially since Edinburgh is now over, and so, except for the few which are currently touring, you can’t even go to see most of the shows any more. Which must make you wonder why I bothered writing all of these reviews in the first place - and why you bothered reading them, since most people I know probably will have given up reading these pointless reviews long ago.