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Adrian Poynton: The New Rock & Roll
For the past few years Adrian's been messing about in theatre (hell, he even won a Fringe First Award for it) but now he's back returning to Edinburgh with his first ever Stand Up show. There's just a slight problem...
They say comedy is the new Rock 'n' Roll. However, Adrian Poynton isn't Rock 'n' Roll at all. In fact he's a bit rubbish.
'The New Rock 'N' Roll' features a hilarious collection of tales of a man desperately trying to be cool but inevitably making a fool of himself. After
This is one of those solid stand-up show, well performed and with a decent laugh rate, but with too few distinguishing to make it really stand up.
Adrian Poynton is a moderately established stand-up and playwright responsible for the 2003 Graham Chapman biographical piece A Very Naughty Boy who is now making his belated Fringe debut as a solo comic.
It means he's got six or seven years of material to draw from, which he's broadly categorised into the fact that he's an idiot who always says the wrong things, and can't quite adopt the reckless rock and roll lifestyle he aspires too.
The nearest he got was throwing a TV set out of a window but that's not quite the whole story, and it doesn't seem half as exciting when you know the full facts. That's another thread of the show, by the way, that what might sound like a great anecdote is often deflated when you look at what happens before and after the intersting bit.
In less themed stories, he talks about the bizarre religious tat you can buy, about the urban myths or otherwise that surround Disneyland, or even the man in the High Street selling 'the world's smallest kite'.
When he starts, Poynton is full of indignant, excitable anger. It does feel slightly stagey and inauthentic, but as his pitch raises, he does rally the audience behind, so the trick does work. As time progresses he relaxes into more natural rhythms, once he's established that he's worth listening to.
But his outlook is appealing, and the observation-led gags decent more than enough to keep the laughs coming.
The ultimate message of this show as so many others is to simply be yourself. That the rock and roll lifestyle isn't something to aspire too, but you should accept who you all, bad points and all.
The overall package that is Adrian Poynton is a reasonably funny man, but with a show that's not all that well defined. And that's nothing to really gripe about.
Thank you Philip, I am forever in debt to your helpful and insightful comments. It really is people like you that i get on stage for. Glad you found the time to write inbetween your lonely and unsatisfying wanks. Hee hee. Made myself laugh there too
We saw Adrian at the Fringe and I must say he was very, very dull. Imagine your least favourite stand-up from a mixed bill and then stretch that out to an hour. His persona is upbeat, showing potential, but he really needs some much better material. Any comedian who resorts to saying "I made myself laugh there" needs to go back to the laptop.
Brilliant. You have to see this guy when you get the chance. You'll absolutely love it. The audience were in hysterics.