Fringe 2011 comedy blogs: Pokermen
Late night poker event which has featured Ed Byrne, Glenn Wool and Hardeep Singh Kohli
This article is from 2011.
I’m a big fan of late-night comedian talk shows at the Fringe. To me it feels like we’re eavesdropping backstage at the end of a Festival day - unwinding, listening to comics gossip and bitch about their world. Sometimes, the eagerness to shine and be the funniest on stage can interrupt the flow of the show, and many a good anecdote has been bludgeoned to death by another comic interjecting with “Yer Mum” barbs.
So I was looking for something that would lift out and showcase that friction, that would give it a home of its own. PokerMen, does exactly that. It’s a show in which I and three guests chat, spitball great stories, muse about our career ups and downs, relive past exploits, and argue over everything and anything - politics, race, sex and who and what we find funny. The difference is, the sixty pounds I give them for turning up becomes their pot money in a game of Poker which is played by the four of us while we chat. Then the competition is on the table, firing everyone up to be a bit more candid, a lot more belligerent.
So far, Ed Byrne has chased out an audience member with a string of obscenities because they said they didn’t like Poker; Glenn Wool has been stung into anger by the card advice given across the table; and Hardeep Singh Kohli was promised a threesome if he won. I beat him and was not presented with the offer. Fancy a game?
Pokermen is at Assembly George Square, 5–28 Aug, 11.59pm