Top of the props: Best use of objects in Edinburgh 2011 Fringe comedy
This article is from 2011.
Mr Piffles - Piff the Magic Dragon
Including a levitating dog, a liver and a bag of urine
The best items on the comedy conveyor belt
A levitating dog
Brave old Mr Piffles might have his own polo neck jumper, but for the purposes of this column, he’s a prop, right? In Piff the Magic Dragon’s super show, he floats above the very ground (with no strings attached?) at the grand finale.
Given the task of breathalysing Arthur Smith’s guests to make sure they’re suitably soused, an Edinburgh council licencing department guy gives a talk on the dangers of alcohol and the damage it does to the liver. He holds up a drinker’s liver (actually a cooked one) compared with a non-drinker’s liver (raw).
A bag of piss
For one of his many tiny acts of rebellion, Rich Fulcher brings on a snap-shut plastic bag of his own urine which he pours into his own beer. We’ll leave your imagination to run wild about what happened next …
A taco kit
Sam Simmons tells a story about growing up in poverty, when having an Old El Paso Taco Kit was a special one-off treat for the whole family. To recreate that magical moment on stage, he opens the sachet of seasoning powder and pours the entire contents into his mouth, immediately coughing it all up saying, ‘It doesn’t taste the same!’
A cock costume
In this year’s Behemoth show, Nadia Kamil has a brief backstage break, appearing dramatically in a full ‘cock costume’. Word on the street suggests that she temporarily lost her phone in said outfit.
Arthur Smith's Pissed-Up Chat Show
Once every few years Arthur Smith brings a new oeuvre of comic eccentricity to the high table of the Edinburgh Fringe. This year's offering is in that fine tradition of Arthur Smith's Hamlet, Arthur Smith Sings Andy Williams, Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen, The Inverleith Putting Green, Arthur Smith's Alternative Tour…
Sam Simmons - Meanwhile
The multi award-winning maestro of suburban absurdism is back. Quite simply there is no one else like Sam Simmons. His shows are extraordinary – mind bendingly odd and full of heart at the same time. Don’t miss your chance to see Australia’s most original comedy creation. Winner – Best comedy, AdelaideFringe festival 2011…
Rich Fulcher: Tiny Acts of Rebellion
Rich Fulcher, from The Mighty Boosh and Snuff Box, demonstrates just how easy it is to stick it to the Man … right up the bunghole. In this day and age of hustle and sexual chairs, it's very difficult to commit Big Acts of Rebellion like toppling a government, but we can do Tiny Acts. Through a series of audience…
Piff the Magic Dragon: Last of the Magic Dragons
Direct from touring Australia, award-winning magic stand-up Piff and the World's First Levitating Chihuahua Mr Piffles, return to save the species! Will they find their princess? 'Top Three Picks of the Fringe' (The One Show), 'Unbelievable' (BBC1), 'Cute, inspired and very funny' (Time Out), 'Gloriously grumpy!…
John-Luke Roberts and Nadia Kamil: The Behemoth
Massive sketch comedy, two normal-sized people. John-Luke Roberts 'Distracts you from a murder … Brilliant solo debut' (Independent), E4, BBC3, R4's ‘News Quiz’ and Nadia Kamil (R4, Channel 4, BBC3) return to the Festival with their cult sketch comedy show (Comedy of the Year, List 2008). 'Like being tag-teamed by the…