Brett Goldstein Contains Scenes of an Adult Nature examines online pornography
Peddling a funny version of the facts at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013
This article is from 2013.
Brett Goldstein walks the fine line between truth and fabrication. Avoiding both painstaking observational recollections and flights of surrealist fancy, Goldstein tells tales that you couldn’t make up … then proceeds to examine the nature of truth in joke-telling. In 2011 he regaled us with stories of running a strip club in Marbella as a youth. This year he turns his attentions to the rise of online pornography and its cultural implications, though he assures us there will also be a liberal smattering of dick jokes.
We’ve all told gags in the first person because it sells the punchline better, and Goldstein applies this subjective grasp of ‘truth’ to his brand of storytelling. ‘All comics sell what they are saying
like it’s truth,’ he explains. ‘When Harry Hill tells Stouffer to help him turn the pages, we laugh because it is true. It doesn’t mean he has a real cat. It’s just true.’
In terms of what material is verifiable fact, the raconteur helpfully clarifies: ‘I make most of it up. Or do I? (I do.) Or maybe I say that to put you off the truth … It doesn’t really matter anyway.’
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 3–26 Aug (not 13), 9.30pm, £9.50–£11 (£8.50–£10). Previews 31 Jul–2 Aug, £6.