well… i’ve got eight shows or something under my belt now. it’s time to tell you about the shows that i directed. now… directing stand-up is something of a weird job; it’s not really one thing. it’s anything and everything that needs doing: script editing, joke writing, pastoral care, cracking the whip or perhaps just a soft and tender embrace after a difficult show. anyway, i am very proud of being involved at all in the following three shows:

FERN BRADY : MALE COMEDIENNE

(Stand 2, 12:10)

fern is a whirlwind, a whirligig and a world class stand-up. she has mastered the one thing that many comics strive years and years to achieve… she is effortlessly herself. she is two shows into her run and you should probably get tickets because she is in far too small a room for how boss she is. acerbic, original and damn funny. you can double bill her with bridget christie if you fancy.

 

HE’S SIMPLE, HE’S DUMB, HE’S DANIEL COOK

(Just the Tonic Caves, 13:20)

i was working with dan last year on an aborted show about a double act called jacket potato where he played a man called jacket and an empty mask on a stick that wouldn’t reply was potato. it was well weird. but it made us laugh. this year, dan is being himself and it is making everybody laugh. think rik mayall kissing james acaster. think it! think it harder. mmmmmm…

 

GARRETT MILLERICK : THE DREAMS STUFF IS MADE OF

(Pleasance Dome, 21:40)

garrett is probably the comedian¬†from whose material i can quote most extensively despite him not having an album out on spotify. i have seen him so many times (mainly out of choice) and i never stop enjoying him. he’s, according to mat ewins, “the quintessential club comedian” which is doing him a mild disservice. he’s a phenomenal writer, an even better performer, a sweaty bastard and a lovely bloke.

go see them all. they don’t clash with each other. or with thom:foolery!

August 6, 2016