STAND up might be the most immediate form of comedy, but it’s obviously not the only source of laughs out there. These are just three examples of very funny shows which might be overlooked, just because they’re missing that supposedly all-important label
Aidan Goatley: 10 Films With My Dad
Voodoo Rooms, West Register Street
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Tim Fitzhigham: Hellfire
Pleasance Dome, Potterrow
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Andy de la Tour: Stand Up Or Die In New York
Gilded Balloon, Teviot
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To begin with, Aidan Goatley is a geek, by his own admission. His is a singular wit that has his audience guffawing from the opening titles (literally), all the way to the closing credits of his film-themed show.
The show itself is simple enough – a look back at 10 films he and his father watched and discussed endlessly. The fact that this was one of the very few ways he and his dad communicated, together with his wry and very easy commentary, make this much less a lecture and more a wonderful exercise in hilarity which I heartily recommend.
Tim FitzHigham’s show is not exactly stand-up either. It’s the story of an anonymous letter.
He draws you down a ludicrous rabbit hole of discovery (which took over a year) with countless twists and turns, purely so he can finally respond to the letter. But then, this is exactly the kind of nutty thing he does all the time. Just Google ‘Tim FitzHigham historical wager’ and prepare to be hooked.
This is a must-see show for at least two reasons: FitzHigham is hysterically funny and; he’s probably put more sheer physical effort into presenting and preparing this show than any dozen others.
Andy De La Tour was there at the beginning of the alternative comedy movement. He toured with the likes of Ben Elton, Alexei Sayle and the late, great Rik Mayall. In New York in 2013 he returned to stand up for the first time in 20 years, then wrote a book about it.
Rather than his stand up itself, this show is essentially the comic memoirs of an Englishman in New York and, while rarely laugh out loud funny, it’s full of charming wit and withering satire. It also contains the best definition of the Tea Party I’ve ever heard.