Well, we could all do with a laugh after what’s happened in the past few days. As I write I’m watching a news story about ‘vigilantes’ who are trying to protect their communities from the crazy folk, and who look pretty much just as crazy themselves. Mmm. This is a pretty mess. So, yes… we could all do with a laugh. What a shame then that I’m quite a serious person when not on stage.
If you haven’t been to the Fringe you might not realise the extent to which people here completely lose contact with all forms of reality which can’t be boiled down to a series of reviews and audience numbers. Not only does the self-referential nature of the entertainment industry make people (like me) obsess over relatively unimportant things; most people are stuck doing shows they’ve written over a long period so they can’t even incorporate major events into their acts unless they’re quite clever, meaning that there’s a weird situation where a big situation is hanging over the UK and most comedians are unable to address it properly at the world’s biggest comedy festival.
So I suppose what I’m saying is, if you’re scared or depressed by the present happenings, you might like to come up here. Bear that in mind. Did I mention the weather though? Today: about 10 hours of rain. According to the forecast this was ‘light rain’. Tomorrow: ‘heavy’.