28 August 2005

Perrier Comedy Awards 2005

Chris Addison snubbed the show and quite rightly. He was favourite last year and this year and instead they give it to an actress who's a newcomer to boot! The winner, Laura Solon, was awful. She seems to be a vaguely talented actress but she has no comic ability in her. The audience were silent for her various pieces. If you unable to interact with the audience (i.e. you never break the fourth wall or you pretend to be in front of a group of female friends) then you should not be eligible for a nomination. That would rule out Laura and Dutch Elm but still allow the likes of The Pub Landlord and Otis Lee Crenshaw to still win. As for the rest of the show, well... Dutch Elm Conservatoire seemed interesting but they are a comedy play and couldn't trim their hour show into 15 minutes. Jason Manford used some very old material, I heard Sean Hughes do it 10 years ago. Then he did a few minutes on how ugly Man Utd players are - everyone gets this rubbish in their inbox each day and deletes them! I walked out the fourth time Laura Solon came on so I missed the character act "Jermey Lion" and so can't comment although the other reviews of him from Edfringe.com are not complimentary. All in all the worse comedy show I've seen all year. Robin Ince hosted it and some of his material was okay but the rest was weak (yet another comic doing trite material about We Are Not Afraid.com and Gillian Mackeith, sigh). The biggest disappointment of course was last Wednesday when the nominees came out and Phil Nichol wasn't on it (ditto for Andrew Maxwell). Politics robbed the show of people with actual talent. Could this be the end of the Perrier Awards as a credible title? I bumped into Daniel Kitson far away from the venue and said to him it was re-assuring to see him so I knew there are people out there with genuine talent.