Comedy review: Simon Munnery: Fylm
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Simon Munnery: Fylm at The Stand Comedy Club (Venue 5a), reviewed by Jay Richardson
Once again exploring the space between film and live performance, it’s not conclusive at the end of Simon Munnery’s show whether this work-in-progress is actually progressing.
Sat in the middle of the room and projecting himself onto a screen, there’s more variety and playful experimentation here than you’ll find in 90 per cent of Fringe comedy shows put together, as he manipulates cameras and mirrors while scrabbling together bits of paper and slides for his witty little vignettes.
Promisingly, he appears to be establishing an audience interaction element, surely a worthwhile aspect to develop further. Yet despite some typically idiosyncratic stand-up bits, the usual pithy epigrams, inventive songs, sketches, acoustic guitar from Mick Moriarty and an impression of Billy Connolly, it’s considerably patchier than a conventional Munnery set, with a geometry lesson from Mr T extended beyond all endurance.
Most damningly, he struggles to sustain any momentum from one set-piece to another. If this is a new offshoot of stand-up, Munnery hasn’t pushed it any further or rendered it more consistent than last year’s Fylm-Makker.
MORE INFO: Simon Munnery: Fylm at The Stand Comedy Club (Venue 5a), until 25 August
Originally published in The Scotsman