I'm seeing this tomorrow, can't believe I actually managed to get tickets, at this stage Kitson has attained a near mythical status, so trying to temper my expectations. Has anyone here seen it? Or is going in the next few weeks?
I'm seeing this at the end of the month - I have seen a few things online with people saying it was far too long so I'm hoping Kitson has cut it down a bit before I see this : I've enjoyed everything I've seen him do before but I'm a little bit mystified as to why people think he is one of the best stand ups going, to tell the truth.
His WIP nights upstairs at the Hob were some of the best stand up I've seen - very free range, just fishing for ideas and working a small room. So much more fun than the more intricate stuff he's been producing. Didn't see the Roundhouse shows, think Tree was the last show we saw.
Saw it on tuesday and it was just over two hours without an interval. I've seen a lot of Kitson - but didnt enjoy his Roundhouse gig a couple of years ago - and thought Keep was way too long and rambly - the other Kitson shows I've seen before have done this much better. Its a mix off stand-up and story telling and if it was honed down then it would work for me. I lost interest about half way through and couldn't get it back. My son though , also a big Kitson fan, really enjoyed it and liked the over long rambling. Lots of people nipping out to the loo during the performance!
Post by Cardinal Pirelli on Jan 13, 2019 11:36:10 GMT
Kitson is one of the least racist comedians you can find, his whole act is a personification of white liberal guilt and self-flagellation (not literally, just in case anybody goes along hoping for a bit of whipping). I’ve seen pretty much nearly all his shows for over a decade and, whilst some are brilliant and some just pass the time, they are always worth the effort. Shows like It’s Always Right Now Until It’s Later (which best shows off his warmly evocative worldview, his wordplay and command of storytelling structure), being a particularly representative example. For those who don’t know him, you can spend three quid to watch it here.
He splits time between storyelling and comedy shows and, whilst Keep seems to be getting very average reviews it will be, typically, work in progress for a while; the show will develop and be different by the time most people see it.
He doesn’t do TV, which might make him appear cliquey, but that isn’t why. Partly the commercialisation but, also, I personally think his sometimes obvious and occasionally prolonged stammer make him stick to the relative comfort of the live gigs that he knows. The repetition night after night might add to this (although his often lengthy digressions suggest maybe not). This stammer can be offputting at first to those who just go along on spec. but he always weaves it into his act if needed.
He also goes out of his way to get different audiences by visiting out of the way places (I saw his recent work in progress, nearby me, in Hebden Bridge, which barely anybody goes to!) He keeps his ticket prices at rock bottom too, so that he isn’t exclusive (and he doesn’t do ballots........)
Well that was glorious. Room for editing but I'm glad it wasn't. Two hours in his company flew by. The astonishing turn of phrase is ever present and though I can remember six or seven of my favourites there must be half a dozen more that I won't. No heckling as such but somebody sneezed at a crucial moment and he weaved it in seamlessly.
I'm seeing it on Thursday, having seen two of the work-in-progress shows at the Bill Murray - an early one for which he had about 4 pages, then a later one where he had a much more complete version so it'll be interesting to see how the finished show compares.
As per Sinha's piece, my recollection of that Roundhouse show was that DK described hearing racist comments as a child, in which people used the word p**i, and that he clearly criticised this. It stuck in my mind as it resonated with my own childhood experience especially as the son of Anglo Indian immigrants and being a target of that word, as were other members of my family, as well as seeing it used against others. Like Sinha, I don't see how that show was racist (and I thought the Guardian piece referred to was distorted and misleading). While others may have found it crude, unfunny and self-indulgent I personally didn't. Plus it seemed less intentionally comedic than most of his other works I've seen.
I think given the way Kitson works there is always a degree of self-indulgence in his shows, but so far it's not been an off-putting factor for me. Except for a 2012 Edinburgh show As Of 1.52 GMT which consisted of him sitting reading out a script about him sitting reading out a script. It was a characteristically quirky idea but remains probably the least satisfying show of his I've seen. Usually though I like his use of different approaches - I especially enjoyed Polyphony, Tree and Mouse - but it can be hit and miss and I didn't get on so well with the one at the NT where he didn't speak at all (Analog.Ue). I second the recommendation of It's Always Right Now, which is possibly my personal favourite, apart from maybe the very first one of his I ever saw, 66a Church Road. I went away marvelling at how someone could stand on stage for 90 minutes talking non-stop about a flat he used to live in and make it so entertaining and touching.
All that said, I can definitely see how after a while the self-indulgence that so often forms the basis of his shows could become quite wearing and eventually off-putting for some.
The above is the best summary of it from me as well (I wasn't referring to the racism comments in my post having actually missed that entire thing) but yes- while it's clear there's an element of self indulgence as part of the 'bit' as it were, and that's fine, after a while it has just grown a bit wearying. That and feeling like it's very much an 'in crowd' who goes to his shows, or the 'cool kids' which obviously we can all say 'f*** it' and rise above...but also life's short, there's lots to do, why bother if as an audience member it makes you feel that way? which is where I'm at now with him....maybe in a few years I'd give him another bash.
That and feeling like it's very much an 'in crowd' who goes to his shows, or the 'cool kids' which obviously we can all say 'f*** it' and rise above...but also life's short, there's lots to do, why bother if as an audience member it makes you feel that way? which is where I'm at now with him....maybe in a few years I'd give him another bash.
Again that's something I can see but as yet it hasn't put me off. In fact it's something he's occasionally picked up on and extracted some humour from. But I'm very aware of it.
It reminds me of queueing for early GA entry to certain bands' gigs so I can get on the front barrier, initially this was mainly to get an unobscured view and also I like being at the front of most things - eg theatre and cinema too, whereas at standing gigs it's become more about having something to rest my ageing limbs on! It usually means queueing early, and in turn that means being there with the other early queuers who are often really dedicated fans, many of whom go to every gig on the tour and consider themselves a sort of elite group of 'proper' fans and behave as such. They'll often recognise me and chat, but I'm really conscious of not wanting to be inducted into their clique and considered by others as "one of them"! They can be perfectly nice but not so much when the mega-fan attitude kicks in.
You see similar in some dayseat queues and I'm guessing stage door ones as well but that's something I don't tend to do.