I am bad at attending shows at The Fringe. I can never seem to choose among the hundreds of things that are available – the listings seem endless – and I don’t have the time to read through reviews or do the research to make a good choice about what I’d like to see. Normally, if I see anything at all, it’s because someone else has done this work and has suggested something they think would be fun. I’m lucky to have such wonderful friends.
This year I’ve been to see two things so far, both comedy. Firstly I went to see Aditi Mittal’s Global Village Idiot with my friend B, and secondly, I went to see Jimeoin’s Ridiculous with my new work colleagues.
I’d never heard of Aditi Mittal but after B suggested we go see her, I noticed that she also has some stand up on Netflix. I took that to be a good sign but elected to avoid the Netflix show just in case the jokes were repeated. Later, B confirmed that the material was entirely new, which is good news because Mittal is hilarious.
There were probably a few jokes I didn’t really get or might have appreciated more if I were Indian, or if I’d ever visited India, but Mittal knew her audience – most people in Edinburgh have probably never been to India. Her humour is light-hearted and cheerful without being ditsy or meaningless and she is a master of ironic observation.
I’d also never heard of Jimeoin (ok, I guess I don’t watch a lot of comedy these days) but apparently one of my work colleagues tries to see him every year at The Fringe. Sitting in the audience, I suspect that was probably true for a lot of people who made up the crowd, who tended to be older than I’d expected. Of course, that could just be a coincidence.
Anyway, I’d described Jimeoin as being just fine. He wasn’t offensive (which is obviously good when you’re going out with a work crowd including your boss) but he wasn’t hilarious either. He didn’t seem to have a great deal to say. I laughed here and there, and he sang a song at the end which was a genuine highlight, but I don’t think I’d see him again.
There’s still time for me to see more! The Edinburgh Fringe Festival runs right up until the 28th of August and I admit to having a hard copy of the listings sitting, mostly ignored on my coffee table. Maybe I’ll actually analyse it at some point. In the meantime, if there’s anything or anyone you think I shouldn’t miss, please let me know!
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Yay! Thanks 🙂
I have the same problem as you with the Fringe, there’s just so much choice, that if you don’t have someone to help you curate, you can be completely overwhelmed. I was on holiday during the last week of the Fringe this year, so could have gone, but the thought of trying to work through the programme to find something worth going to seemed too much like hard work, so I ended up mostly just staying home reading (which is a delight in its own right).
And I thought I recognised the name Aditi Mittal. She did a programme on Radio 4 a while ago called A Beginner’s Guide to India which was hilarious.
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She’s brilliant! I’d definitely see her again.