Rick Shapiro's Edinburgh Fringe show Rebirth
Uncensored, unpredictable and breathtaking diatribes from US comedian
This article is from 2012.
LA-based Rick Shapiro is well-known for his uncompromising style. Having kicked a heroin addiction and survived prostitution, it was no surprise that when he took to stand-up his diatribes were uncensored, unpredictable and breathtaking. ‘There’s not a thing I wouldn’t talk about on stage. I think people being offended are offended before they walk into your club. Besides, I kind of worked hard to show people what I’m about. They see that you have compassion, that you’re clearly angry at your subject and not the people.’
Shapiro played the Fringe in 2007 and 2008, with the years in-between filled by writing a book (Unfiltered), recording a CD (Catalyst for Change), and making an appearance in the movie Project X. Unfortunately, back in April he had a ‘mild cardiac event’ and when we spoke he was still recovering. Though Obama’s healthcare reform was a point of interest before his hospital stay, it’s even more pertinent now and a topic sure to make it into the show. ‘I’m mad at what I saw in the hospital with the haves and the have-nots. I had to actually fake a fall so I could get my own room.’
Assembly George Square, 623 3030, 4–27 Aug (not 13), 6.10pm, £13–£14 (£11–£12). Previews until 3 Aug, £9 (£8).