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Life Drawing With a Comedian

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Life Drawing With a Comedian

32 Below

32b West Nicolson Street
Main Cellar: AUG 4-8, 10-15, 17-22, 24-28 at 12:30 (50 min) - Free & Unticketed

Life Drawing With a Comedian

Life drawing meets comedy! That's right, if our jokes don't make you laugh our poses will. We've enlisted the funniest comedians as models to do stand up as you sketch and laugh. Model/ comedians differ in size, shape, and humour each week. Drawing material is provided if you don't have your own.

Hosted by Kyle Legacy.

"Break out your inner Picasso, laugh at the funniest comedic talents" ★★★★★ Fourth Wall Media, 2020

"hilarious" ★★★★ Fringe Feed, 2020

This year we have two entry methods: Free & Unticketed or Pay What You Can
Free & Unticketed: Entry to a show is first-come, first served at the venue - just turn up and then donate to the show in the collection at the end.
Pay What You Can: For these shows you can book a ticket to guarantee entry and choose your price from the Fringe Box Office, up to 30 mins before a show. After that all remaining space is free at the venue on a first-come, first-served bases. Donations for walk-ins at the end of the show.



News and Reviews for this Show

August 7, 2022    One4Review

Life Drawing with a Comedian is perfectly titled, and does almost exactly what it says on the tin, except we were treated to three, not just one, lightly-clad comedians for our artistic endeavours. In every other respect, however, it is as you’d expect: not-entirely-nude persons (male, in this case) holding (increasingly daft) poses in front of an audience so we could attempt to draw them.

There were definitely a variety of skill levels in the audience, and though my primary-school-level doodles were far outclassed by most of the room, there were a few other beginners there too. Part of the fun is the show-and-tell with the class, abetted by exhortations to ‘daub your friends in’, a tactic which elicited more examples to show off than asking the artists directly.

There’s no ‘teaching’, so this show is a chance to have a go at drawing a figure in a convivial lunchtime atmosphere. Host Ruven Govender facilitated the show by introducing different artistic styles for us to try out, as well as providing encouragement while we were drawing. And while there are comedians present, I’m dubious about rating this as a comedy show, however it’s listed in the guide. As an experience, rather than a comedy show, this is a lovely way to start a Fringe day. Click Here For Review


August 4, 2022    Entertainment Now

Life Drawing With a Comedian is a free pass to mess around in art class like you were never allowed to in school. You won’t be told off for drawing a strangely erotic anthropomorphic zebra or caricaturing the teacher. Absurdity is actively encouraged meaning the wilder the better!

Throughout the performance, the audience are given different prompts about what their next drawing is to express. This can start with a simple self-portrait but before you know it, you are drawing scenes of drug-induced euphoria or a cubic impression of a surprisingly well-sculpted comedian. It does not matter if you have the abstract ability of Jackson Pollock or if you have never sketched before (like me), the light-hearted atmosphere gives you the confidence to truly express your weird and wonderful ideas before sharing them with the class.

Life Drawing With a Comedian is a free pass to mess around in art class like you were never allowed to in school. You won’t be told off for drawing a strangely erotic anthropomorphic zebra or caricaturing the teacher. Absurdity is actively encouraged meaning the wilder the better!

Throughout the performance, the audience are given different prompts about what their next drawing is to express. This can start with a simple self-portrait but before you know it, you are drawing scenes of drug-induced euphoria or a cubic impression of a surprisingly well-sculpted comedian. It does not matter if you have the abstract ability of Jackson Pollock or if you have never sketched before (like me), the light-hearted atmosphere gives you the confidence to truly express your weird and wonderful ideas before sharing them with the class.

Life Drawing With a Comedian is a free pass to mess around in art class like you were never allowed to in school. You won’t be told off for drawing a strangely erotic anthropomorphic zebra or caricaturing the teacher. Absurdity is actively encouraged meaning the wilder the better!

Throughout the performance, the audience are given different prompts about what their next drawing is to express. This can start with a simple self-portrait but before you know it, you are drawing scenes of drug-induced euphoria or a cubic impression of a surprisingly well-sculpted comedian. It does not matter if you have the abstract ability of Jackson Pollock or if you have never sketched before (like me), the light-hearted atmosphere gives you the confidence to truly express your weird and wonderful ideas before sharing them with the class.

The near hour-long show does not necessarily have a strict narrative or set punchlines (which is occasionally very apparent), but the comics’ quick-witted remarks and enjoyably questionable poses are as hilarious as a considered script. While it might sound like the beginning of a bad joke, the natural charisma of this Scouser, Aussie and South African keep the laughs coming.

The energy of the crowd is matched by the seriously funny comics of Laughing Mob which means that the more you give yourself to the performance, the more you get out of it. There lies the magic of Life Drawing With a Comedian; somehow a group of strangers in a dark room giggling at each other’s badly drawn pictures leaves you feeling closer to everyone by the end of it. This is what the spirit of the Free Fringe is all about.

At its core, this show is simply fun. You may indeed find better stand-up this Fringe, but the way this show makes you forget that you are in a performance and leaves you feeling like you are at a games night with friends is special. When audience and comedian alike are in hysterics, you know you are on to a winner. Click Here For Review



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