Talking Cock / Joy Is My Middle Name

I love Edinburgh preview season. I don’t go to The Fringe, well I haven’t yet, and for some reason really enjoy seeing shows being constructed. There’s also an added bonus of seeing comics when they don’t know their material that well, which makes for quite an exciting evening. The idea that things can go anywhere is quite appealing to me. As one comedian on Twitter said yesterday when he was promoting his preview, it’s for people who prefer to lick the spoon than eat the cake.

Off I went to The Camden Head (in Camden, not Angel – it’s always important to check which one it is*) and met up with my mate Andrew. He was just here for a drink, but we ordered fish finger sandwiches. I tweeted this fact, and The Phoenix had a bit of a hissy fit and chastised me. It’s nice when pubs get jealous of each other. Anyway, after a couple of drinks Andrew soon abandoned me and headed home.

Catie Wilkins was on first. I had seen her and Richard Herring do these previews a week ago at Michael Legge’s Private Hell, and things have come on in leaps and bounds since then. At that show, there didn’t seem to be a lot of new material, but plenty of ideas, but by now she is heading towards a complete show, although one of her routines that she was reading ended with her saying “It just says ‘write joke’ here”.

Catie’s show this year is called “Joy Is My Middle Name“, because, well, it is. She was much more confident in her material this time, although her nerves still show. However, I’ve always thought this endears her to most audiences. There was a little muddle when she tried to work out how to hold the mic and show us her rather large cards, which I imagine will be turned into slides, until audience member Alex heroically offered his services as an assistant.

The show focuses a lot on feminism (stop groaning!) and has a couple of ranting moments. All in all, like her last show it’s quite sweet, quite rude, and very funny and I’m glad her AIDS joke has made a return, and I hope it stays in the final show.

This was the 3rd tie in a week and a half that I’ve seen Richard’s preview of “Talking Cock – The Second Coming“. Like “Christ On A Bike” a couple of years ago, it’s a reworking of an old show from 10 years ago. He thinks it was a shame not many people saw it first time around, and is proud of it, and this gives him a chance to finally get it out on DVD. So he has a head start, although as the gigs progress, various new bits are being added.

*Remember my advice earlier about checking which Camden Head to go to? Well unfortunately Richard didn’t heed it, and had arrived at the wrong one…

The show is based around an anonymous questionnaire all about people’s attitude to penises. Gents, you can find yours here, and ladies, have a look here. This show is startlingly rude (as you would expect) and the looks the lady sitting near me on the front row was giving was a picture!

Richard discusses why people are ashamed of their penis, and why it is an object of laughter. Why is it not held in a higher regard? Through the show we learn where guys have put theirs for fun, we learn that even people filling in anonymous surveys probably lie about their cock size, and we hear tales about what happens when you snap your “banjo string”. We also think about our dad’s spunking cocks quite a lot.

At the end, as an audience, we are asked to declare our love for our cocks. Ladies have to declare their love for our cocks, and gay men have to declare our love for our cocks – and your cocks. And for the third time in a row I was the only one!

Afterwards I had a brief chat with Rich and Catie and as promised to Neale, got him a programme, as Richard has a surfeit of them from 10 years ago. And of course, Richard drew a cock on it.

I slightly let myself down at the end by attempting to briefly flirt with Catie’s rather hot brother as I was saying goodbye, but I think it may have come across a possible prelude to something terribly sinister. Sigh, I’ll work out how to do it properly one day.

Right, I’m off to the shops. I have made a list.

1. Toilet roll
2. Jelly
3. A spoon

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s