Bringing joy with honeymoons, confessions and midgets
This article is from 2008.
Geordie comedian Jason Cook looks at the Fringe like a month-long Christmas day. In fact, he wants his show this year to be a caring, sharing, warm hug of a thing, where people feel so uplifted, they’ll be crying when they leave. As his alter ego, Herr Karl Karl in the darkly brilliant German techno duo, Die Clatterschenkenfietermaus (who are currently working on a TV show), crowds may weep tears of disgust or humiliation, but for Cook, the important thing is they’ve been moved. ‘All my favourite comedians – Daniel Kitson, Brendon Burns, Glenn Wool – make you think, pull your heartstrings, and make you laugh all in one show. Joy is going to have the same ups and downs. It’s a mixture of beautiful and quite heavy things.’
Cook’s certainly had an up and down year. He got married and lost his father, so plans to continue the open-heart theme that went down so well with crowds at last year’s My Confessions. Besides tales of a seasick honeymoon, and romance Geordie-style, he also wants to share his fascination with little people. ‘I wanted to hire a midget to come on at the end, but it’s £250 an hour! Still, I might treat myself.’
The Stand II, 558 7272, 2–24 Aug (not 11), 5.20pm, £8 (£7). Preview 1 Aug, £7 (£6).