After an absence of 8 years, I’m returning to the Edinburgh festival with a brand new stand up show. It’s not a “best of”, so unless you’ve watched me over the last 4 months you won’t have seen any of it before. Exciting huh?
It’s different to my old stuff. Over the last 6 months or so, I’ve been undergoing a bit of a reinvention. I’m really proud of all my old stand-up – the album, the specials and the 1000s of shows I’ve done, but I feel it has sort of run its course. My aim was always to be as fake as possible on stage to highlight the contrivance of the act of stand-up (What? And I didn’t break the mainstream with that!!!?!). I was trying to walk a fine line between being funny and being a guy who thought he was funny, which I think is pretty funny. Of course, with the harsh realites of the stand-up circuit edges get knocked off, and maybe its not so clear to the world what you’re trying to do and people make comments like – he’s good and everything, but it’s like he thinks he’s really funny. Which maybe should have put me off doing it. But it was pretty funny.
Anyway – I’ve started again – and now I’m onstage just as me. Interestingly, I’ve found this “me” bears a pretty striking resemblance to the persona I was previously adopting – same voice, face, many similar mannerisms. But the nice thing is I can let go now and not worry about an “aesthetic” and just go all out to make people laugh. Anyway – why don’t you come along and see if you still like it? I’m really proud of the new show. I think it’s meaningful and funny and occasionally a little bit emotional. Hope you can make it. Don’t worry – I do still make stupid faces. And now I do them with a beard.