Joe Rowntree: Peaceful Worrier
- Brian Donaldson
- 9 August 2010
This article is from 2010.
Paranoia revolves around this comic’s past
It’s certainly brave of accomplished Fringe debutant Joe Rowntree to show us clips of him early on in his career being really rubbish on stage and having humiliation heaped upon him by a cruel compere. This, alongside the hack story of the crazy things that occur on the night-bus thanks to the gallery of stereotypical rogues who inhabit them, ultimately doesn’t add a whole amount to his arresting central story of the years he has spent being crippled by paranoia. Seems that Rowntree has plenty to be concerned about given the unfortunate incidents that happened to him in Africa and Barcelona.
Comedy geeks out there might be disappointed that Peaceful Worrier has nothing about the story behind his collaboration with Laura Solon, which terminated shortly before the Fringe of 2005. History shows that the final Perrier Award was won that year by solo character comedian Laura Solon. Maybe he’s saving that little tale for his follow-up?
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 29 Aug (not 16), 7.45pm, £9–£10 (£7–£9).