2014 Gig One Hundred and Sixteen: Edinburgh Fringe and Gig One Hundred and Seventeen: Cheaper Than Therapy

This is the view from my flat here in Edinburgh:  

Yes, they do start work quite early in case you're wondering...

 

Since the construction begins pretty early I am up earlier than I would like.  Luckily I'm very skilled in the art of afternoon naps and I have been nailing them so far.  Anyway, not one of the most exciting beginnings to a blog but it does help flesh out the who Edinburgh experience.  If you see me at certain points in the day you should be able to tell if I'm pre or post nap.

Yesterday was also a lot of fun as my Edinburgh flatmate Rhys Nicholson and I met up with over a dozen Australian comedians to check out the new "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie.  This might become a Tuesday thing and was a lot of fun.  Also you could tell that the movie was a good one because nobody appeared to be complaining about the film. If you really want a fun movie to be ruined hang out with a comedian and listen to them rip into whatever faults they find in the film.  This one had everyone throwing lines back and forth as we left the cinema so that is the best sign that the film worked.

Two gigs last night and the first one up was my solo show.  I had one more idea that I wanted to add to the show and with the biggest audience yet I took advantage of the good vibe.  The set list was:

 

Johnny Loves Mary Forever 1994

 

I had removed the story "I Stopped a Fight" because I had added the "Biker Corporate Gig" tale but had suspected that there was room for both routines.  Last night's audience was so good (Possibly too good!  They may have inadvertently set me up for a fall tonight) that I re-inserted the routine and it helped flesh out the show nicely.  I'm thinking that the tinkering might be done now and this is the new shape of the show. With that in mind I'm certain there will be little changes here and there but overall I'm happy with the content now.

If you've read previous blogs you would also know that I have been greeting my audience as they arrive and talking them through the synopsis of the show before actually beginning.  Yesterday I threw in a little story as well that helped warm up the audience. I am essentially my own support act and it is working well.  As long as I don't begin to demand money from me for my support work then this gig is going to work out just fine.

 

Cobblestones are beautiful but really remind me my ankles are not what they used to be.

 

After my gig I was off to perform at Cheaper Than Therapy, a show where comedians discuss their neuroses by turning them into jokes.  As you know I don't have any (Bwah ha ha ha ha) so I decided I would talk about my ability to over think every situation and how exhausting that can be.  I was asked if I would go on first and I took that opportunity as I was still buzzing from my gig.  If I could ride the energy through then that would suit me just fine.  As you can see from the set list though things didn't go to plan:

 

The Kid At Captain America

Fix Your Flaws

Riffing with the audience

High School Comeback

Tripping and Farting

 

At the beginning of my set we had a massive influx of punters walk into the room and there was nothing I could do but stop to give them time to find their place.  I had a bit of a chat with some of the audience in particular one man who looked a lot like my favourite author Grant Morrison.  (He also sounded like Morrison since they're both Scottish.) It was quite surreal but he was hilarious and we had some fun banter. There were also a few younger guys in the room so I chatted with them and completely abandoned my original plan on what material I was going to perform. Since I was bantering I also lost a little track of time so I did my best to do my job and not take up too much time.

So all in all it was a big win last night.  Today we have our first night of full priced tickets so numbers could drop but we'll see what happens when we get to the shows. In the meantime I'm just enjoying an excellent night for the show and preparing for doing it all again tonight.

 

Justin Hamilton

6th of August, 2014

Edinburgh