Josh Howie: Gran Slam
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2010
Gran Slam is based on the time that Josh lived with his mother’s mother who is 84 years old. He did this until recently for a four year period with his wife, who was pregnant for part of the time. Being cash-strapped, and wanting to save up money for their wedding, a deposit for their flat and with an endless supply of liquorice allsorts, Josh thought it was the perfect arrangement…. It wasn’t!
He was under the impression that he was the perfect grandchild and in his Grandma’s eyes could do no wrong and she would appreciate his company.
This idyllic viewpoint of their relationship was blown apart when, after a few weeks of moving in, his Grandma told his wife: 'You know, Joshua really reminds me of my brother.', then she sadly shook her head. 'I never liked my brother.'
Geoff F - 23/07/2010
I saw a preview of this last week, along with a mere dozen or so other people. Happily, this did not distract, partly because the audience were determined to have a good time, partly because the warm-up had done what it says on the tin, and partly because Josh was very good. The show clearly needs more work and, in particular, preparation: Josh came on stage with a bundle of alarmingly closely-typed sheets, to which he did have to refer on occasion, but perhaps more important was that on occasion he dropped his voice at the punchline with the result that it was either lost or almost lost. I am sure he will overcome this with time. The subject matter is unusual, but there is some comedy gold here.