Water under the bridge

This article is from 2009.

Water under the bridge - Former Perrier winners at the Festival 2009

Former Perrier Award winners appearing at the 2009 festival

Brian Donaldson picks out a quintet of former Perrier Award winners who are appearing again this year without having to worry about all that nomination nonsense

Dylan Moran

The youngest winner of the Perrier when he tousled his way to glory in 1996, the Edinburgh-based Irish fella’s victory speech has gone down in Perrier Award speechy history for his passionate insistence that nominee Bill Bailey should have been given the nod. Clearly this made quite an impression on the losing hippie materialist who then joined forces with Moran for three successful series of Black Books. In which, curiously, Moran’s Bernard ritually abused Bailey’s Manny from start to finish.
Edinburgh Playhouse, 0844 847 1660, 10 & 11 Aug, 8pm, £20–£18.

Frank Skinner

In 2007, the cheeky Midlands chappie made an emotional return to the Pleasance Cabaret Bar, the tight and sweaty venue where he won the Perrier in 1991, to perform a series of comeback shows. This year, he hits the Assembly Rooms to host his Credit Crunch Cabaret. Looking back though, it was a really weak year when he won it, only having to beat off Eddie Izzard, Jack Dee, Lily Savage and Avner the Eccentric. Now, whatever became of Lily Savage?
Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, 14–30 Aug (not 17), 6.50pm; 27–29 Aug, midnight, £10.

Sean Hughes

He may have now sprouted some regrettable facial fuzz, but the slim (gaunt) frame and boyish (rabbit caught in the headlights) expression are still intact. Seems barely like yesterday when the London-born Irishman sidestepped Dillie Keane, Pete McCarthy and Jimmy Tingle to take the Perrier. It was, in fact, 1990.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 22–30 Aug (not 27), 8.30pm, £12–£14 (£11–£13).

Daniel Kitson

Almost certainly the most reluctant ever winner of the Perrier, the hyper-sensitive Yorkshireman was nominated in 2001 with Love, Innocence and the Word Cock before scooping the prize a year later with Something. A heavyweight shortlist included Jimmy Carr, Omid Djalili and Noel Fielding, but Kitson practically went out of his way to deny ever having won the thing, getting grumpy with everyone in his wake, including his own PR, Peter Kay, journalists and punters arriving at his gigs mildly squiffy. Performing at midnight makes perfect sense, then.
The Stand, 558 7272, 9–30 Aug (not 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 28 & 29), 11.59pm, £10.

Al Murray

The Pub Landlord really does take a dip into the nostalgia bank this year by performing material from all his Perrier-nominated shows from 1996 up to the winning set of 99. Having lost out thricely to Navan lads Dylan Moran and Tommy Tiernan, and Royston Vasey’s League of Gentlemen, it seemed he might never become a winner. But eventually he beat off competition from Ross Noble and the Boosh to finally swing the trophy aloft.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 26–29 Aug, 1pm, £5.

Dylan Moran: Off the Hook

Moran plays up to the stereotype of the bumbling, drunken Irishman, but his comedy is much more intelligent than mere cliché-mongering: on stage he is uniquely charismatic, a foul-mouthed mixture of lovable and misanthropic, and always very, very funny. Moran'll be on your radar in a very big way if you know your…

Frank Skinner

THE LIST EVENT Comedian, writer, presenter, ardent football fan and expert on Samuel Johnson, Frank Skinner has produced his second memoir. In On the Road, he lays bare the absurdities, anxieties and adrenalin rushes of being a stand-up comic. A poignant and funny insight into a remarkable career.

Daniel Kitson: We Are Gathered Here

The Perrier winner mines the mundanity of life in search of 'something important in an ocean of twaddle'.

Sean Hughes: What I Meant To Say Was ...

  • 3 stars

A brand new show from the Perrier award-winner. High-calibre comedy - dark, explosive, sardonic. Eight shows only. 'Hugely impressive and intelligent' (Time Out). 'One of the best stand-ups of his generation' (Daily Telegraph).

Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church' By Daniel Kitson

  • 5 stars

When a man decides to die, he should put his business in order. He should cancel direct debits, empty the fridge, clean the house and, thinks Gregory, he should write letters.

Al Murray - The Pub Landlord

All hail to the ale! A lunchtime lock-in with The Guv'nor as he returns to his spiritual home, performing material from his Perrier nominated and winning shows from 1996-99. All for a fiver.

Daniel Kitson at the Stand

Around every single thing that we know there are a billion things that we don't. This show may well be about that. But it is, as I write this, still only April. So who knows?

Frank Skinner's Credit Crunch Cabaret

Laughing all the way to the bank closure. Direct from a sell-out run in London's West End, Frank Skinner hosts a series of variety shows starring award-winning comedians, musical acts and variety performers.

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