“ The Stand Comedy Club / 16 North St Andrew Street / Edinburgh / 05 Aug 2007 - 26 Aug 2007. „
Daniel Kitson is at the forefront of modern stand-up comedy. Winning the coveted Perrier Award in 2002 for his Edinburgh show and completely failing to cash in on his new fame and television offers (apart from a prominent role in Phoenix Nights prior to the award), the Huddersfield-born self-styled anti-cool maverick continues to restlessly tour the comedy festivals of the world and perfect his craft. His new show at the Edinburgh festival, Its the Fireworks Talking follows his customary style of rambling on about the minutiae of life, specifically his own life with his own personal pits and troughs, and hitting on unexpectedly profound life lessons along the way.
Im usually not too fond of comedians whose material is based around pointless observations, such as Peter Kays reminders of chocolate bars that we never forgot in the first place and that bring no punchlines, but Daniel Kitson has always been different. His story of staying up all night, and the feeling of unique individuality that brings, was so intimate and understandable to me that it felt as if we connected through the experience, which is ironic and a bit sad as the absence of unique individual experiences is what he was trying to illustrate all along. Whatever your religion or ideology, Daniels amiably delivered bombshells should leave you heading home after the show with a new sense of futility and worthlessness that is wholly invigorating. This is a deeply personal show, as with all his previous work, and its a great ride along Daniels world view from annoyance with f**kwits and his need for love to the simple pleasures to be found from paddling (as seen in his shows impressive poster) and, of course, fireworks. When I first saw the comedian several years ago, I dont think I had lived enough life to properly understand and get his act, but this year it all made perfect sense.
As a natural professional in his field, Daniel is able to break away from the heavily structured show to deal with crowd disturbances (or farts in the case of the first nights performance I attended) and to address his own fading career, the frequent allusions to past greatness being made with a smile that reveals how happy he is to have avoided soul-destroying fame. The intimate venue of the Stand, Edinburghs only comedy club that operates all year round, is a favourite for comedians who wish to avoid the glitzy corporate whoredom of the larger venues, and the closely gathered crowd is perfectly suited to Daniels bedtime-story-esque stand-up, even if his popularity and ticket sales lead to a large amount of the audience being forced to stand as he notes, having paid the same as those sitting down). This is a warming, honest and naturally funny show that puts the other comedy of the Fringe into perspective, and the perfect end to my reduced price festival. Until someone gives me free tickets.
Its the Fireworks Talking plays at The Stand comedy club on York Place from 5th to 26th August (not the popular Friday or Saturday nights as Daniel Kitson is a maverick) at 11.30pm, lasting about an hour and a half. Price is £9, but most if not all of the tickets have now been sold out.
My best of the fest(ival): Mark Watson, Richard Herring and Daniel Kitson.
Daniel's rather lovely new stand up show, dealing with all of his perennial concerns in all new words. With stories about swimming in the sea, the courage of kindness, and telling your parents you love them. Words will swell with hope and bounce around The Stand until they explode like fireworks and suddenly your tummy is flipping, your heart is thumping, your eyes are wet and your skin is tingling with some forgotten magic. At least, that's the plan. Who's in?