Bunbury Magazine – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The first and most important thing to say about Show Up, Peter Michael Marino’s latest one-man show, is that it is not written by nor is it about Peter Michael Marino. This show, as made clear on the flyer, is about the ‘shite life’ of the audience. This is a show that is completely new and fresh every day, written off the back of suggestions from the audience. Because of this, the show is brand new every day.
It would take a brave performer indeed to improvise an entire hour every day on their own. It would take an incredibly funny and intelligent performer to be able to do this. Luckily, Peter Michael Marino is a performer of great intelligence, wit and enough energy to light up the entirety of The Counting House (I think. I’m not an electrician but that seems about right).
The first half of the show is that set up for the improvisation. Peter has eight post-it notes with categories written on them such as ‘Family’, ‘Addiction’ and ‘Childhood’. He takes suggestions from the audience based on these categories, segueing into his own tales then back to the people in the room. This helps draw the crowd in on an immediately personal level. All of these suggestions build towards the second-half, which is a traditional ‘one-man show’, which perfectly parodies the melo-drama of the form. The inclusive feel in the room is extended when he choose audience members to direct the play and the sound-scaping.
Peter is a deeply engaging performer who always leaves the crowd with a message. This will be the same message I will leave you with here. Just Show Up. You will never see this show again, and you don’t want to miss out!
Peter Michael Marino – Show Up.
Part of The Free Festival.
The Counting House.
Until 27th August.
Written by Christopher Moriarty.
Bunbury Magazine: ⭐⭐⭐
Comedy shows about religion can sometimes divide the audience’s expectations. Half of the audience may be predicting comedy that is a little close to the knuckle, and this can create a tension in the room.
Henry and Joe made sure that everyone in the room felt at ease, each performer delivering 30 minutes of solid comedy from the points of view of their respective religions – Henry being of the Jewish faith and Joe following Sikhism.
Joe and Henry each used their charm to disarm the audience in the room as they poked fun at their own religions and traditions – Joe’s jokes exploring cultural differences between India and the UK, such as the outsourcing of call centres and where Indian people in the UK can go for an authentic Indian experience. Again, Henry’s comedy explores what it was like growing up Jewish in Liverpool, with a great story about being excluded in a bar warming us up for what was to follow. All of the comedy from both performers subverted traditional jokes and stereotypes in a pleasing way.
I would have perhaps liked to see this exploration go a little deeper and it would have been great to see the performers on stage together, comparing and contrasting their own religions against each other’s and highlighting some absurdities and common ground. All in all though, it was an enjoyable hour of comedy which sought to challenge expectations and shed new light on and have fun with what could have been tense subject matter.
2 Religions, 1 Comedy Show.
Part of The Free Festival.
The Pear Tree.
Run now finished.
Written by Christopher Moriarty.
Yesterday was a long day. A looooong day indeed. And highly enjoyable.
I spent the large part of the day at The Counting House, a venue used by the Free Festival, seeing a mix of straigh stand-up comedy, improvised theatre and improvised sketches & poetry.
Once again, this year I have been blown away already by the wealth and variety of talent on offer in Edinburgh. I’ve only seen 12 shows so I’ve not even scratched the surface but what I have seen has been amazing.
I do think the Fringe is doing strange things to my brain though. (I know I’ve only been here for a day and a half and there are plenty of people that have been here for far longer!) Last night, I had a dream that I was approached by a tam consisting of Katherine Ryan, Wil Hodgson and Phil Jupitus to steal the original scroll upon which Tom Parry wrote his ‘Red Sky at Night’ joke in a Mission-Impossible-style heist. I’m looking forward to tonight’s dream
Being up here feels like being part of the best community in the world. This is our fourth year up here, we have made so many good friends and it feels like such a safe space in which to do what we do.
Enough of all that now! Here’s a round up of what I saw yesterday.
John Porter – 5 Years Later
The Rat Pack Presents…
Henry Churniawsky & Joe Bains – 2 Religions, 1 Comedy Show
Peter Michael Marino – Show Up
Virginie Fortin – A Sad Joke About Life
Dave Chawner – C’est La Vegan
Total shows so far – 12
See you tomorrow!
Bunbury Magazine Review – ★★★★★
The show we saw of Crime Scene Improvisation was a one-off, in more than one sense of the word. This intelligent group of actors work an entire murder mystery solely based on suggestions from the audience, meaning each performance is unique, never to be seen again.
Each and every person involved demonstrated a phenomenal skill in building an increasingly bizarre and hilarious story, filled with wonderfully 3-dimensional characters.
Our was the story of a young, world-leading shrew tamer who was force-fed a Lego statue of a shrew. Yes, we told you it was bizarre. The detective superbly lead the audience through the narrative as each of the characters interacted, unraveling revelations that eventually built to revealing the culprit.
This troupe of performers cannot be praised highly enough for their quick-thinking, interaction, both with each other and the audience and we cannot more strongly recommend seeing them if they should be in a town near you. It is of utter testament to them that the demand to see the show was so high that people were being asked to come back the next day.
CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation was on in Cabaret Voltaire at 1515 as part of The Free Festival.