Simon Munnery: Fylm-Makker
Munnery is the Alan Turing of comedy. No matter how smart you think he is, you're still grossly underestimating his intelligence. Fylm-Makker is yet another revolutionary idea, tossed off casually as if this kind of thing happens every day.
The conceit is that Munnery is not on the stage but in a booth located amongst the crowd. The booth has two cameras: one projecting his face onto a 12-foot screen onstage, the other points to a desk where he uses bits of cardboard to produce live animations. Yes, clearly a work of avant-garde genius. Munnery talks us through it with the awe and wonder of someone showing you an app they've just downloaded. Imagine what it'd be like to have to live with him.
Overall, it feels like someone mucking around rather than a carefully crafted opus, but that Munnery touch means that not only is it the most original thing you'll see at the Fringe, it's also howlingly funny. Munnery's trademark eccentric wordplay and surrealism keeps everything flowing and there are some excellent musical interludes. This is a rare example of a comedy show that would work better in a venue other than The Stand. We can't wait to see this show in IMAX.