Headache-inducing journey into fictional worlds
This article is from 2013.
There are two main ways to tackle a comedy show about fanfiction (for the uninitiated, that’s the writing either of unauthorised stories in established fictional universes, or about celebrities). The first points and laughs at the whole premise, especially its more risqué, outré or poorly-written incarnations, while the second utilises the potential for comedy within the medium of fanfiction itself. This show does both.
The former, presented here by compere Joseph Harper, comes across as mean-spirited. The bulk of Fanfiction Comedy comes from the latter with a revolving roster of New Zealand comics plus guests reading out their own self-penned fanfictions, in which outlandish scenarios are proposed and then skilfully mined for comedy or even pathos.
Fanfiction Comedy has been appearing successfully at comedy festivals since 2011 and attracted some interesting names: you can check out David O'Doherty's contributions on YouTube. Despite several problems – the unnecessary ridiculing of the internet's weirder offerings, the critique segments of the show falling slightly flat, and headache-inducing onstage lighting – the brilliance of the stories themselves saves the show.
Assembly George Square, 623 3030, until 25 Aug (not 13), 4.40pm, £8–£10