Comedy review: Tom Craine – Crying On A Waltzer
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Tom Craine – Crying On A Waltzer at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), reviewed by Jay Richardson
Looking pale, sweaty and gulping down cough mixture in his dark, bunker venue, Tom Craine is having “a slightly difficult year”. When your ex, Nat Luurtsema publishes a book mentioning your split and is concurrently performing a show about it elsewhere on the Fringe, even while the pair of you still collaborate in a sketch trio, well, no wonder he looks like a man on the ropes.
Regardless, in that masochistic way that comics have, he wants to convince you that his being an idiot pre-dated their relationship. Yet many of the most striking examples of his foolishness stem from the period when they were in a “nauseating” level of love – not least when rogue wildlife and cowardice contrived to scupper his proposal. After hitting rock bottom, moping around in a onesie and engaging in a spot of pedantic back-and-forth with a pizza delivery chain, he considers several other times in his life when he has humiliated or disgraced himself.
Amusing enough, but they distract from the prurient interest of the break-up. Too amicable to elicit great drama, he’s clearly still processing the split and can’t arrive at greater conclusions than stoic acceptance of his failings.
Until 25 August. Today 8:20pm
Originally published in The Scotsman