Although comedy is not my favourite genre, I’ve seen a smattering of shows that fall into that camp. And whilst an award from someone that doesn’t claim to be an expert in the field may not amount to a hill of beans, there are some shows which certainly deserve special mention.
So, here is the inaugural Edinburgh Festival Insider Comedy Award 2009 – and the nominees are, in no particular order:
- Frisky & Mannish’s School of Pop. This show has caused a sensation in its first ever visit to the Fringe. Hilarious spoof pop songs which had me laughing so hard I was grateful for the image stabilisation on my camera and a pair of stars in the making.
- Princess Cabaret. Everyone’s favourite tweeting Disney Princesses treated us to a show which lived up to the hype and provided some cleverly-written sketch-based comedy that saw Snow White and the rest descending into some pretty risque territory.
- The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre Goes To Hollywood. Intentionally shambolic, utterly chaotic and more laughs in 60 minutes than two socks have the right to generate.
- Shut Up, Play! For its uniquely Japanese lunacy and inspired nonsense, Original Tempo was a delight from beginning to end and had moments of absolute hilarity.
- Chris Cox: Mind Over Patter Mind-reading mentalism with a large dose of funny lines and self-effacing asides, Cox – like the Princesses – predicted how useful Twitter would be in generating interest in his great and mind-boggling show.
And the winner is….
The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre Goes To Hollywood!
For consistent laughs and boundless energy, Kev F Sutherland and his socks are this year’s winners for speeding through a fast-paced hour of sketches, spoofs, ad-libs and songs that had me laughing from the moment the socks appeared until Sutherland emerged in his kilt at the very end. Both hilarious and extremely clever, his excellent show deserves not only this award but sell-out audiences for every run to come.
So, socks, take a bow: