After performing there last year we were well aware of how gruelling the Edinburgh Fringe is. With over 30 performances to do in the space of a month, it’s a real test of physical and mental stamina. So the plan was to get into good shape during the run up. We didn’t though. So we worked it into the show – “This year we will be doing less songs and more resting.”
Unfortunately there was no Rhys Darby this year, though he was on the iPod. He’d very kindly made us some audio clips that we were able to use like bike stabilisers, up to the point when we were ready to remove them and come out from behind the curtain to try some comedy ourselves (after about the first week). Alan Davies came to see us! Twice! Gave us some good tweets too… and Henning Wehn came to see us again – turns out he did like the show last year! He just doesn’t tweet. Gave us some good advice though…
So how do we reckon we did then? Well… the audience numbers were up on last year’s – but that ought not to have been too hard. The poster was better. The flyers were… still bad. Worse if anything. The show was… similar. And the reviews were mixed: 2 x 5 stars and 3 x 3 stars making it 19 out of a possible 25 stars. As a percentage that works out as 76%… At first I thought that was an A but it turns out that that’s a C now… so a pass then.
One of the best pieces of advice Rhys Darby has given us on this trip is to always “go in at the high level”. We gave this a go when we went to Sydney, and not only did we get our own rooms, but we were also chauffeur driven to our shows in a Range Rover.
If you haven’t been following us on twitter and Facebook, here’s a little of the latest. Sometime last week, to New Zealanders watching the news, it may have looked as though one of their favourite comics had had some kind of ‘spiritual awakening’ – or just simply lost his mind. He had something that he had to share with the rest of the world. It couldn’t wait – it was too important. It was Casio-rap. He REALLY likes Casio-rap. Or should we be calling it “casino-rap”? That actually does sound better. I would listen to that.
“Where did you get the idea for ‘casino-rap’?”
“Well, we spent nine years doing Casio-rap until one day Rhys Darby spotted us, flew us out to New Zealand and made an announcement about it on the news……”
In 2012 we were mistaken as a comedy act and offered a month long run at the Edinburgh Fringe. We don’t get many chances to play to people outside of Cornwall, so we leapt at the chance. Besides, people would soon realise that we weren’t a comedy act, and just enjoy our unique take on rap music.
But this time we were mistaken.
People didn’t just laugh. They laughed A LOT. What was being mistaken for stand-up was simply me and Passman standing up. On a stage.
Maybe it was because we were at a comedy festival.
Anyway, we’re going to be at another one now. Pretty much as far away from the only place where our references are understood as we can go. But there are Cornish people in New Zealand right? My Nan says I have relatives there, but she doesn’t know where.