Hello! I hope you’re all well and the chronic uncertainty of life isn’t crushing your spirits too much. This week I remembered that two of the best things art can be are Fun and Full of Wonder. So I’ll be trying to do that more, thank you very much.
This is a newsletter…
To tell you that I’m ACTUALLY performing at the Edinburgh Fringe
To tell you about the bespoke curses you can order from the Terrible Old Crone for a LIMITED TIME ONLY
To remind you about the EXISTENCE of the Sound Heap Podcast
And then to give you some RED HOT COMEDY CONTENT as a treat.
PERSONALISED CURSES FROM THE TERRIBLE OLD CRONE – only available until 6th August!
I put this one first as it is the most URGENT.
The Terrible Old Crone has a little spare time on her horrible hands, so she’s taking commissions for personalised, hand-made curses. Scrawled in crimson ink on old-looking paper and sealed with the Terrible Old Crone’s terrifying black wax stamp, these curses are the perfect gift for you or your loved ones. Just give her the name you want the curse made out to, and she’ll do the rest. Order yours here!
May thy bum grow teeth and eat anything you try to sit on
May ye buy an album by Morrissey, and when you play it may ye discover it is not a recording of his music, but his opinions
May ye, every year, try, unsuccessfully to enter a little horse into crufts
I’m performing my brand new show “It Is Better” at the Monkey Barrel from the 5th to 11th August. This is the live version of the comedy album I made with John Chambers, and I love it. I describe it like this:
“John-Luke Roberts returns to the ashes of the Edinburgh Fringe with an absurdist catalogue of infinite possibilities, to be watched and laughed at, with a nice drink, while long-thought extinct beasts rampage through the streets outside.”
But that’s partly because I can’t really describe it. Buy tickets here.
I’m also corralling a bunch of comedians together for two Terrible Wonderful Adaptations at Assembly, on the 6th and 13th August.
Basically, I find an unadaptable text and then make excellent comedians try and adapt it for performance. Previous shows include Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History, The 1997 Lib Dem Manifesto, and a book of Mark Rothko’s Colour Field Paintings. Buy tickets Here.
Oh, AND there are two ACMSes on 5th and 12th August, at the Monkey Barrel, featuring a host of people mucking about. Buy Tickets Here!
But What If You’re A Person Who Is Not In Edinburgh
“Hang on,” you say “I can’t make it up to Edinburgh next week.” Well then, the good news is It Is Better is streaming online as part of Shedinburgh, on 17th August at 8.30 p.m. Buy tickets here!
OK, what’s left? Sound Heap is bloody great, and you should listen to it. There are nine episodes up at the moment, and three left to go for this series.
And finally, some cheery writing to help you comprehend your mortality:
Ways to Foster a Healthy Relationship with Death:
A Non-Hierarchical List (Ongoing)
Before flushing, hold a funeral for each bowel movement. Wear black, light candles, make a speech, invite guests.
Carry a portable speaker playing the ‘beep beep’ of a hospital heart monitor at all times.
Sit on your hand until it goes numb. Contemplate that hand.
Buy a number of pets with different life expectancies (e.g. from stick insect, through cat, through parrot, to turtle). This will help you maintain regular contact with loss throughout your life.
Find an electrical box with a “danger of death” sign on it. Practice empathising with the little picture of a person next to a little picture of a bolt of electricity.
For the next thirty minutes think “If I were dead, I wouldn’t be able to think that,” after every thought you think.
Imagine you are a person named Beth. Build a backstory for Beth, and live as Beth for increasing periods of time each week. Eat as Beth. Walk as Beth. Dream as Beth. Once you fully know what Beth is like, from the inside out, change the first letter to a ‘D.’ If you are already a person named Beth you can skip the first steps.
Put on a black and yellow striped sweater and look at a dead bee.
Feel your teeth with your tongue. Extrapolate.
Communicate with people by pointing at the letters on a ouija board.
Just imagined what it would be like if spiders looked like spider diagrams.
Absolutely horrible. All those bodies, all those interconnected legs.
We should count ourselves very lucky!