Comedy review: Matt Price is Not in The Programme
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Matt Price is Not in The Programme at the Hive, reviewed by Kate Copstick
The title is absolutely true. As is the rest of the show. Though it is one hell of a tale involving the Turkish Mafia, Tinky Winky, blokes called Elvis, The Boss and Stab Vest Steve, and Jason Manford’s little brother.
Price seems like the most caring comic on the planet – worrying if people are comfortable, if they want a drink, if they are alright. It is a great technique with hecklers. He simply niced two irritating girls with dangerous hair into silence.
By the end of the hour the entire room was suffused with sympathy and liking for this gentle giant. If, as has been threatened, the appalling, Prozac and beta blocker-fuelled Jonathan Greenwood does come after him, I know we would, to a man, defend him.
Price is a terrific comedian and wonderful storyteller. He kicks things off with some great stories of working with The Boss (a well-known professional criminal, not Springsteen) on his autobiography. It is fascinating and funny.
I could have listened very happily to this for an hour but, having established that proper criminals think differently from the rest of us, Price gets stuck into the appallingly hilarious tale of his time in Turkey, having been booked to do comedy shows there. It started badly and ended worse. Although, to be fair, we learn, the food was great and he got to work on his cardio.
I don’t want to tell the story here. Price does it so brilliantly. His Cornish burr becomes the whole bestiary of appalling characters that populate this gripping tale that engenders a gasp for every guffaw. And, amazingly, there are plenty guffaws. Price got ten days notice to write and do this show. He calls it a work in progress. I call it four stars.
MORE INFO: Matt Price is Not in The Programme at the Hive, until 25 August(replaces Chris Dangerfield)
Originally published in The Scotsman