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#61

I’m seeing her a week on Saturday. Looking forward to it.


#62

I wasn’t that familiar with her other than spots on the Now Show and Just a Minute on BBC Radio4, but I really enjoyed her Netflix special.


#63

What is brilliant. I think he was a lot more prolific on social media like Vine before Make Happy and did have an MTV show and toured a fair bit. He seems to struggle with the concept of entertaining people in general so I guess it’s difficult to break out of that and accept certain elements of what you need to do in order to perform to people as a ‘famous’ comic, much like Stewart Lee, whereas Lee doesn’t come from an affluent background so had to (and has to) earn by working every single night, live, whereas Burnham doesn’t have that need so seems disgusted at himself for earning money as an ‘entertainer.’

Content Provider hits some of the same areas as Make Happy, actually, and I do think Burnham’s next show will be political to some degree, I can’t see how what’s happening irl won’t affect his writing in some way. He has been in some films with bit parts this year and I doubt he did one Netflix special without a contract for more so hopefully we will see more stuff soon.


#64

Saw the clips and am now watching a bit more of what.

He’s very, very good.


#65

What is free on Youtube and Make Happy is on Netflix for anyone looking to watch (What is also on Netflix). Both are fantastic, but Make Happy is slightly more accomplished. There is an earlier show I haven’t been able to track down, I can’t think of the name off hand.

He’s extremely on point with a lot of stuff, there’s a soft (country-ish) rock song in the charts right now that is so close to his country song parody it’s hard to listen to without replacing the words to it with Burnham’s lyrics. The song “From God’s Perspective” is so on the money, too.


#66

Just about to cook dinner. Will fire up the old Netflixy machine and give that go. Thanks chief.


#67

I may throw on What for a while myself. I have watched both specials three times but he’s very re-watchable!

Edit: Also, you’re very welcome :grinning:


#68

I haven’t listened yet, but Audible have a bunch of stand-up recorded at the Edinburgh Fringe up for free: https://www.audible.co.uk/search/ref=sr_sort_main_titlerank?searchRank=main_titlerank&advsearchKeywords=Audible+Presents%3A+Live+from+the+Edinburgh+Festival+Fringe+2017&searchSize=20&searchRankSelect=main_titlerank


#69

This was last night.

She was really good - her shows have a really nice unforced conversational vibe, to the extent that a lot of people in the audience felt comfortable enough to shout back answers fairly regularly, leading to a fair bit of unscripted interaction and some pretty funny adlibs - and her core material was solid, without deviating too much from the kind of stuff she has done in the past.

My only real complaint is that there was too little of it - after a (pretty good) support act at 8pm and an interval at 8:30, she came on stage at 9pm and finished her act couple of minutes before 10.

Barely an hour of material feels a bit slight (especially when the last five or ten minutes was an odd double-act with her eight-year old daughter that didn’t work for me and clearly felt a bit weird/inappropriate for many in the crowd). I’m used to comedians doing maybe half as much again, and was fully expecting her to walk back out for an encore that never came.

So a bit like nouvelle cuisine really: what we got was great, I just wish the portion size was a bit bigger.


#70

This is an interesting article about double-acts that split up, and how and why it happened.


#71

Stewart Lee’s Content Provider show last night was bloody brilliant. It seems to be rambling and all off the cuff but the moments when it all comes together and reveals itself to be a tightly written piece of work are magnificent. Also, it was funny when his trousers fell down.


#72

Got a good view for Katherine Ryan tonight.

May be brave and take a photo during the actual show (she says it’s ok in the opening preamble).


#73

So I took picture during the set. But even when you’re explicitly told it’s ok to, it feels a little awkward when you’re right at the front and directly in the eyeline, so here’s a picture from when Katherine was down the other end of the stage, which doesn’y do her vagina trousers justice.

It was a really great show. Not desperately long (about an hour, with a support act of 20-30 minutes), but solidly entertaining stuff.


#74

I saw Dara O’Briain’s new show, Voice of Reason, at Cheltenham Racecourse last night. It’s in the same building, The Centaur, that is used for the local comic convention, which was a tad odd. Resulted in a really wide stage, with a huge amount of seating and serious need for air conditioning.

It’s a really good show. The usual mix of pre-written material and audience generated stuff, which was perhaps more elegantly woven into the flow of the show than usual (prompted by him mentioning that he gets listed in dream dinner party lists and demonstrating why comedians aren’t good dinner party guests). It was a bit combative too, with Dara being thrown by a block of 7 empty seats in the front row, someone up the front trying to take a picture early on and our reactions to his material being atypical.

The set was about two hours (not including an interval) and the second half really flew by, with some brilliant gags. I was in physical pain from laughing too much at one point.

If the show comes near you before it ends, I definitely recommend seeing it.


#75

Yeah, I saw the show a few months ago in Dublin and am seeing it here in July. Some the stuff he talked about in Dublin was pretty specific to there (and some of it is already out of date), so I’ll be interested to see how he changes it from place to place.


#76

He referenced how he addressed some topics (Brexit) differently in Ireland to the UK and the general avoidance of topical issues for a two year tour terror stuff in London and an Arsenal/Man City football match from last year. But a good third of the show is rooted in the audience participation, so it would be interesting to see who much that affects the whole show.


#77

I had tickets to the same tour earlier this year in Birmingham, but unfortunately he cancelled due to the snow (and I can’t make the rescheduled date). Sounds like I missed a good one - I’ll have to pick up the DVD.


#78

He referred to it as a two-year tour, so the DVD will probably not be out until Christmas 2019.


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#80

Not quite sure whether to put this here or in the theatre thread, but I saw John Finnemore’s touring show last night, John Finnemore’s Flying Visit, and it was a delight. Good old-fashioned sketch show/revue stuff (all by Finnemore and his group of four other actors) with lots of silliness, clever ideas, fun scenarios and amusing asides.

Some of the stuff was recycled from the Radio 4 show, but some of it was new. Plus there was a special guest-appearance from a Cabin Pressure favourite, which the audience loved.

A really age-diverse crowd too - there were plenty of little kids of around seven or eight (Finnemore’s stuff is 100% clean and family-friendly) all the way up to some very elderly fans indeed. A little bit of tailored local material was worked in too, which is always fun.