Edinburgh Festival buzz: David O’Doherty, Bo Burnham, Blam!
What are people chattering about at the world’s largest arts festival? For our latest dip in the choppy waters of the Edinburgh Festival reaction online, Nick Mitchell covers three hot shows: David O’Doherty, Bo Burnham and Blam!
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This is his fifteenth year on the Fringe, so on paper it would seem that David O’Doherty is a seasoned veteran. But the 2008 Perrier winner has not lost his edge, and this year’s show, David O’Doherty Will Try to Fix Everything, is another hit, with extra dates now added due to demand.
The hirsute Dubliner is back with his trusty keyboard to take on subjects like how Lance Armstrong let him down, the practice of Instagram-ing your meals, and nostalgia for the days before smartphones (when dubious issue like whether Wesley Snipes ever appeared in Monarch of the Glen went unchallenged).
But while his Pleasance performance has been praised, it seems Edinburgh tweeters have been more concerned with recording their encounters with O’Doherty around town…
— Gregor J Smith (@craigensmith) August 13, 2013
Just saw David O'Doherty coming out of Cash Converters. Not too sure how to process this info. But it was nice to see him. #EdFringe
— Alison Castle (@cynicalison) August 13, 2013
So far on my walk home I've walked past Phil Jupitus then David O'Doherty. Quality walk. 7.5/10
— Aidan O'Donnell (@TheToiletDuck) August 12, 2013
Like O’Doherty, Bo Burnham uses music as an extension of his comedy, although his style is lightning fast compared to the Irishman’s shambling ditties. Still only 22, Burnham is making his first return to the Fringe since he was flavour of the month with his 2010 debut.
It’s becoming a cliché to wonder out loud how the American YouTube sensation can be so talented, but that is the unavoidable reaction to seeing Burnham live. The triple whammy of flint-edged writing, consummate comedic timing and musical prowess is something to behold.
His new show, What, finds him performing a split routine as both sides of his personality, parodying the limited range of the tween-pop generation in song, and delivering a series of devastatingly funny haikus.
He may no longer be the teenage prodigy, but Burnham’s deconstructive style is as clinical as ever.
— Matt Green (@mattgreencomedy) August 15, 2013
So, yeah. 1) @boburnham – some of most aware and exciting comedy I have seen; was simultaneously rapt whilst feeling sussed/intimidated
— Claire O'Brien (@claireeobrien) August 18, 2013
Just out of @boburnham. One of the best Fringe shows I've ever seen.
— Mr Wright (@stuartiswright) August 14, 2013
From two veritable wordsmiths to one show that relies solely on physical performance for its laughs. Blam! has been arguably the most talked-about new show on the Fringe this year, helped in no small part by a five-star Scotsman review back at the start of its run.
A triumph of imagination over humdrum reality, it finds three bored office workers and their boss emulate action movie tropes with thrilling stunts, choreography and rocking music. But any descriptions here won’t do it justice until you see it with your own eyes, and you only have seven more chances to do so.
Back at the Fringe, and my face hurts from watching #BLAM!
— The Production Shed (@TheProShed) August 16, 2013
— Ashley Edward Miller (@ashmasterzero) August 14, 2013
— Mark Doyle (@Doylebytes) August 11, 2013
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