10 August 2010
Andrew Lawrence - Too Ugly For TV
Andrew Lawrence is a unique talent and a firm favourite of mine, ever since I first saw his award-nominated Best Newcomer Act and appreciated his abilities but decided that his style wasn't really to my taste. Erm, hang on? The following year he was nominated as Best Show which surprised me so for his third year I returned to give me another shot in the venue at the Pleasance Courtyard that needs to be renamed the Oven (actually it's Upstairs, but it is above a kitchen!). I immediately regretted not seeing him the previous year as I was blown away by the hugely positive enhancements he made to his act (dropped the keyboard, had a hair cut). Last year he topped that show with a perfect portrayal of "soul-crushing" despair and bitterness to the world which includes some of my favourite bits of all time. Finally as we reach 2010 Andrew seems a lot more positive and happier which personally pleases me but takes the edge off his superbly dark material. No doubt this is making him a lot more palatable to TV and mainstream audiences and given his great talent it's a very good thing for him. I am delighted he is starting to get the true recognition he deserves outside of the core of the industry and I'm certain there are a lot of people seeing him for the first time will be surprised as to how dark he can get, even in this lightened version. The only thing he lacked was a killer bit that he shone with the last two years, so as it stands 8 out of 10 or 4 stars. PS: Please don't forget us when you are huge Andrew, keep coming back to Edinburgh!