Sara Pascoe – LadsLadsLads

On Friday, I dragged myself out of my self-imposed winter hibernation for a trip into London.  On the agenda – dinner, Sara Pascoe at the Wyndhams Theatre, and light installations.

This is the third time I’ve seen Sara, and further continuation of realising how much I identify with her which I first realised after seeing her in 2016.  Admittedly there was slightly less for me to hook into in LadsLadsLads as the show started with the break-up of her last relationship but there was still plenty of “THAT’S ME!” moments even down to her pre-gig/interval music which was basically my Spotify playlist).

There was such an intimacy to her show which I can imagine some people would feel uncomfortable with, and there was certainly some awkward laughter from some of the audience.  At one point, she said there was only two reasons to stand up in front of people – if you make them laugh, that’s comedy but if you don’t, it’s a TED talk but I really felt like Sara’s show was both – when she wasn’t offering funny insights, she was giving us thoughtful comments, all interwoven into a story with multiple call backs.  I adore a comedian that gives me a fully-fleshed story alongside the giggles.

I also want to commend her spectacular heckler management.  I despise idiots who make unsolicited noises in gigs whether positive or negative, and I cringed every time this idiot woman whooped.  It’s so selfish and I will never understand it.  Sara has perfected the art of a perfect withering look though.

An interesting angle for me (and probably loads of others as well), is that I’ll be hearing the other side of the break-up when I see her ex-boyfriend in a couple of weeks.  Based on the fact that I almost cried on a number of occasions in Sara’s set, I’m already preparing myself emotionally for that.

After the show, Tim and I searched out some light installations from Lumiere London.  I’ve missed it on previous years, and only saw a small bit of this year but it’s better than nothing!  We down the South Bank and saw OSC-L, Light on Their Feet, and possibly others too but my favourite was Vertigo by Danish Company The Wave.

I didn’t have my camera on me so all my shots are appalling, but I loved walking through the triangular tunnel.  It’s a real shame Lumiere is only on for the weekend as it would have been great to see it in daylight as well.

60% stay where you are, 40% I will find you

Bush Hall

Friday night found me and two of my favourite people trudging along the Uxbridge Road in the Bush of the Shepherds (as Adam Buxton called it) to see some comedy at Bush Hall.  I’ve already seen a bit of comedy this year – two shows at the Union Chapel in London put on by the Invisible Dot, and the recording of a Radio 4 programme – and this was an extension of what I’ve already seen.  Mainly because I was seeing the same comedians again.

First up was a new comedian to me, Simon Munnery.  He MC-ed the event and set up the evening well, talking about the hazards of conversing with strangers in the country (which made Husband giggle as he experiences the same problems walking to the train station here) and how much love he has for his children, despite them kicking each other in the face.

Then, one of the main reasons for our attendance – Adam Riches.  This is my fifth time seeing him and he still makes me cry with laughter (and I hate to be a smug hipster, but we originally saw him almost two years ago).  I’m always hesitant to describe what he does if people ask, because I do urge everyone to see him and I don’t want to spoil it.  To loosely describe, he does character comedy, but it’s like no character comedy I’ve ever seen.  What I love about Adam’s act is that he seems to genuinely enjoy what he’s doing which makes me laugh even more.

A surprise for me was the appearance of Ed Byrne who hadn’t been announced when I bought tickets.  There was a bit of discussion between the three of us as to whether we’d seen him before but looking into it, I don’t think we have.  He was of course very funny, but we were starting to get incredibly hot and uncomfortable at this point so I don’t think I enjoyed him as much as I could have done.

Finally, Dr Buckles’ laptop was set up and he leapt on stage, with a summer haircut that made him worry that his face looked big.  This time, I kept my camera in my bag to avoid any further uncomfortable situations and watched Adam Buxton’s presentations on earache, Atoms for Peace and Zavid Bowie.  Some of this I had seen a couple of months ago, but the addition of a Lego film that depicted how Bowie came up with Aladdin Sane made up for it.  Although, I have to say I do prefer Bob Cobbler.

Next up on my comedy trip of 2013 – Eddie Izzard next weekend.  WOO!!