Porter and Watson

The traditional, annual Sunday afternoon of Pleasance Courtyard Festival-related drinking was another resounding success. Myself and Goldielocks arrived, as it happens, several hours early (my bad, due to being a moron) and, making the best of the situation, got piled into the (ahem…) festivities. Goldielocks‘ star-spotting frenzy was sated by the sight of the legendary Les Dennis, desperately swanning back and forth trying not to be noticed, trying to be noticed. Please note, the above link is a gag. Les Dennis is not dead. Les Dennis will never die!

“Les, I’ve loved you since Catchphrase, mate!”

TV critic Charlie Brooker (last seen at the Stanhope gig) was doing similar. Making our way from the courtyard to the bar involved a quick chat with, and instigated by, Norman Lovett – a truly top bloke.

As stated earlier, I had got it into my head that the gig was at 6pm when, in fact, it was after 9pm. Needless to say, I was slagged shitless by my darling sister all afternoon (she claimed to have cancelled other precious social engagements, which I seriously doubt). To lessen the blow, I diverted her attention by spotting an old friend and headed off to find tickets for another gig. Fortunately, I was able to get us into Lucy Porter. The requisite amount of cheek and filth meant that any fears that her love-themed show would be too soppy were unfounded. See her; she’s funny, talented, beautiful and clearly unhinged. Then we will fight to the death for her love, mental illness that it is.

Mark Watson, the scheduled main event, as next. Similar to the Assembly Rooms double-header on Friday, we were required to leave the venue and start queuing to get back in, ending up in virtually identical seats. Watson was sitting in the audience (unnoticed) and burst into his bizarre Welsh style. I didn’t stop laughing at any point during the show, neither did anyone else. Possibly the funniest and definitely the most likeable comic I’ve ever seen.

See all four of the acts I’ve mentioned over the last couple of days, but especially Mark Watson.


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