Andy Field is a Giddy Manchild
Enjoyable Edinburgh Festival Fringe show from perfect host and a confident performer
This article is from 2014.
This could have gone horribly wrong for Andy Field. It's the first night of his debut show at the Fringe, he reckons he's not really prepared much and he's got a tipsy late-night audience on the top deck of a bus – even before he starts a member of the front row has got on the mic and is leading a sing-a-long.
But as it turns out, none of this is a problem for him. He's so laid back it's hard to imagine that anything fazes him. He's the perfect host – a confident performer, minus any cockiness, who commands his slightly unruly but lovely crowd with a largely anecdotal set about his irresponsible life. Stories on such topics as the unconventional hippy abode 'The Warehouse' where he lives with a series of oddballs and an unfortunate sexual mishap resulting in an unexpected facial, though not provoking big belly laughs, are nevertheless wryly engaging. Despite not having prepared much material – if nothing else, that fact suits his 'manchild' persona – he still manages to pull it off with ease.
As enjoyable as the experience was you can't help but wonder what the result would be had he knuckled down to some planning.
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 622 6801, until 24 Aug, 11.45pm, Free.