My Obsession (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

My Obsession

Short and sweet half-hour Edinburgh Fringe play starring Suki Webster and Paul Merton

It feels rather apt to be watching My Obsession in Edinburgh during the Fringe. This half hour show, about an obsessed fan who breaks into a stand-up’s hotel room in the middle of the night, muses on comedians’ relationship to fame and their fans. We can only imagine that such contemplations are happening in hotel rooms across the city at this time of year.

Written by Suki Webster and starring herself and her husband Paul Merton (in his first Fringe theatre role), My Obsession begins with Webster’s character (a super-fan who has memorised every fact she’s ever come across about her favourite funny-man), sneaking into the room of Danny Heywood, a resentful, middle-aged comic who’s never quite managed to break into television. Over the next 30 minutes the two discover that the other is not quite who they initially thought.

It’s an enjoyable but slight drama with a handful of memorable gags and a great ‘reveal’ towards the end. And being in such an intimate space with these two recognisable comedy faces will be a thrill to fans of the two stars – just don’t stalk them back to their hotel room after.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 16 Aug, 2.30pm, £7–£9 (£6–£8).

My Obsession

  • 3 stars

Mick Perrin Worldwide Paul Merton joins Suki Webster in this superb new comedy play about a stand-up meeting his number one fan. Thirty minutes of obsessive fun somehow packed into half an hour. Written by Suki Webster. Directed by John Nicholson. Paul Merton: ‘Razor sharp wit’ (Daily Telegraph). ‘The best in the…