Joey Page: Reality Is Outside, Paradise Is In Your Brain
- Brian Donaldson
- 5 August 2013
This article is from 2013
One-offness at the Fringe...not in a good way
Joey Page is a rare beast on the comedy circuit, a unique presence in a world packed with observational comics who are failing to keep it real, what with all those jokes they keep telling. How do we know Joey is so unique? We know this because he keep telling us how unique he is. Which is just as well, because his true one-offness would remain a mystery without his guiding hand.
One voice in the queue beforehand recalls Page being described as the ‘poor person’s Noel Fielding’. He does nothing to dispel that opinion by giving us a voiceover in pure Hitcher tones (remember ‘Eels’?), in which he witters on about something neither funny nor interesting.
Page comes on dressed in a gaudy suit, a montage of many test cards: it screams, ‘you don’t have to be mad to work on the Fringe, but it helps’. A painful hour snails by and Page will return backstage, comforted in the belief that he is doing something no other comic in the land can achieve. How true that is.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 26 Aug (not 13), 8.30pm, £8–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).