Arthur Smith’s Arturart
- Brian Donaldson
- 21 August 2008
This article is from 2008.
Artistic venture with knob gags
Winner of last year’s Spirit of the Fringe if.comeddie award, Arthur Smith’s Arturart returns with another explosion of what its creator describes humbly as a ‘vanity project’. Situated at 15 Queen Street, the fiftysomething stand-up veteran’s exhibition is actually a showcase for his love of Dada and daft jokes and a chance for his comedy buddies to get a space for their own doodlings to run free. Everyone from old-timer Harry Hill to relative newcomer Simon Bird have pieces here, while on-site happenings include Aliens Ate My Schnitzel! trapped in a kennel and head of security Ray Spinks wandering around making sure punters aren’t fully armed.
An amazing amount of Smith’s clutter has been thrown around for our amusement including some terrible reviews and the rules for using bad language in comedy. While Smith can laugh at himself, he’s not averse to making us look stupid as you fall into the trap of an excellent practical joke. And his taped accompaniment includes a rarity on the Fringe: a good old-fashioned man-goes-to-the-doctor joke.
Arturart, 0752 813 4829, until 23 Aug, 2pm–5.30pm, £5 (£4).