Heroes @ Dragonfly
Aug 4-28 (22.30)
There is a charming wee room just off the Grassmarket, upstairs in the Dragonfly drinking establishment, from whose roof hangs what can only be described as a drunken chandelier. Beneath said object, all throughout August, comedy is being performed, & it is in this obscure corner of the Fringe that I have just witnessed one of the best shows I have seen this year. The Establishment are two grown men; two quintessentially cricket-loving, queen-worshipping Englishmen. Eccentric & boisterous & a little creepy at times, our two protagonists bounce & feed off each other like two Jack Russels in a park who’ve been stuck in the car after a very lllooooonnngggg drive. The best way to describe the well-oiled chit-chat of these guys is that somewhere in space, about 50 light years away, an alien civilisation is beginning to pick up the jingle-jangle cocktail of 1960s British TV & Radio – snatched snippets of conversation & phrases sent out from Auntie… this is what listening to The Establishment at work sounds like.
THE MUMBLE – The show is stuffed full of gags – how long has it taken to compile such a collection of material
THE ESTABLISHMENT – We’ve been working on this show for the last 7 months, a lot of the show we find in the moment with the audience so it can take a while to develop. We did runs at The Prague Fringe, Brighton Fringe and The London Clown Festival adding and subtracting gags along the way.
THE MUMBLE –Where did you two meet, & was there immediate comedic chemistry
THE ESTABLISHMENT – We first met at a horrible open mike night in London, three men and a dog in the audience. We barely spoke that night but we went on to do a show together at the fringe in 2013 called ‘Pekka and Strangebones Comedy Showpiece’ and the year after ‘The Honky Bonk Comrades’. We’ve always had an easy connection on stage and we definitely share a similar taste in stupidity. We’re members of a comedy collective called ‘Honky Bonk Presents’ who make shows that are extremely ridiculous and silly, the kind of humour we enjoy.
THE MUMBLE – What does the future hold for the Establishment
THE ESTABLISHMENT – If we survive Edinburgh we plan to tour the show, maybe Australia