The Edinburgh Fringe is almost upon us, with a host of TVO favourites set to descend upon the city between 2nd and 26th August. In the build up, we’re bringing you a great show to go and see every weekday – from our regulars to shows beyond the usual confines of Onion Land.
Today’s showcase brings alternative comedy madness to the table in the form of Paul Foot, a true Edinburgh Fringe veteran…
© Paul Foot
Paul Foot: Words
Paul Foot has been described as a “national comedy treasure” by us in the past and we stick by that statement. He has been a favourite of TVO’s for long but we were far from early in our discovery. Foot has been active on the comedy circuit since 1997, a year during which he won BBC’s New Stand-Up Award, the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award and managed to become a finalist in So You Think You’re Funny.
He is no stranger to the Edinburgh Fringe, with the introduction of the SYTYF competition in 1997. Paul then returned to the Fringe in 2003 for his first full length show Most Wanted and has since then been at the festival every year apart from 2005 and 2006. In other words, he is well-deserving of the title of a comedy treasure and Fringe veteran with numerous 5 star reviews.
The past years has meant higher visibility for the comedian, with appearances on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Russell Howard’s Good News. And that’s just to name a few of the big profile gigs. Moreover, what makes Foot a continuously strong contender in the world of comedy is his Guild Of Connoisseurs, his loyal fans who get the chance to attend secret gigs and are there for every step of the way.
Paul manages to tread the line between surrealism and realism in all his shows but to understand what a full Foot experience is you need to add a dash of awkwardness, a touch of interesting fashion choices and a whole lot of charm. These qualities and his innovative use of words manage to bring the audience to tears every single time.
© Paul Foot
This time around, his disturbances, stories of moist cakes, and supermarket anagrams have been left behind to make way for his new show Words. Time has shown that descriptions for Paul Foot shows are often just a delightful hint of what’s to come. Therefore, we will simply let you analyse the following statement about the show:
“No board games on this lawn, baybayyy! Face the frozen ships and dance while legless bar stools finally take their revenge. Even Auntie Eclair don’t talk and this town will never recover from the naked collage”.
It is certainly intriguing and promises a night of madness with clever turns of words that make a Paul Foot show unique.
We advise you to get your tickets as soon as possible as Paul’s Edinburgh Fringe shows are bound to sell out quickly. With a growing (and intense!) fanbase and strong material, nothing short of a complete train wreck can stand in the way of Foot’s success. And even then he would probably manage to turn the train wreck into a story that would make you reach for a tissue to dry your tears of laughter.
Words runs from 1st to 25th August at Udderbelly Cowgate. We’ll have another Edinburgh recommendation tomorrow, and every weekday throughout July, so stay peeled!