A former alcoholic, a cancer survivor and a gentleman who lost all his coin in a Bitcoin crash are among the comics coming back from the edge at the Edinburgh fringe
‘ I didn’t start sucking until I was 18 ,” says Matt Rees.” That’s quite a scarcity for someone in the UK. But straight away, I recognised that I liked it- and I knew that one day I’d has got to stop .”
Rees, who was born in Maesteg, south Wales, is obligating his debut at this year’s Edinburgh fringe with Happy Hour, a look back at his battle with alcohol. He started performing in 2010 and rapidly scooped up some new behave gives. Then, two years ago, his humor profession stalled as he knew problems with addiction.
Being a standup, Rees ” is away” with his boozing for longer than most.” It’s quite normal to go up on stage after a few cases beers, and it’s fine to be hungover the next day. Someone with a normal job would’ve been fired. But I was just getting on with it .” In 2016, after a visit to his GP, the damage became clear.” There’s an enzyme called GGT that demonstrated how hard your liver’s working. It should be under 50 in a healthy adult. At that detail, mine was over 1,700. My doctor said,’ You’re going to kill yourself if you don’t stop boozing .'”
Happy Hour does Rees part of a new wave of slapstick at the fringe, as standups share narratives of coming back from the edge. Last-place year’s Comedy Award was shared: Hannah Gadsby prevailed for her enthusiastic diatribe against homophobia and sexual violence, and John Robins for his raw accounting of his reaction to a breakup. This time, to call just a few cases, Dave Maher describes enduring a coma, Louise Reay explores free speech after being sued by her ex-husband, Jim Tavare relives his near-fatal car crash, and Lou Sanders attacks addiction.
Which draws us back to Rees who, on Good Friday last year, stopped drinking wholly.” I was physically dependent by that moment ,” he says.” The patronizes weren’t open and I wasn’t so much praying a beverage as physically needing one. My simply alternative was to go to hospital for Valium. I went to my first see on Easter Monday and it’s been abstinence from then on .”
On Easter Sunday- two days after checking himself into hospital- Rees went on stage and talked about his addiction, and the material has now been bolstered into an hour-long show. Although standup, which predominantly existing within inns and societies, is a boozy environment, the 28 -year-old says the purposes of the slapstick community has been a huge help with his convalescence.
” “Theres a lot” of humorists who are ex-drinkers, so I had no shortage of beings to resound when it was getting too much. You could argue that it’s a risky environment, but when I did my first gig two days after infirmary, it helped- it “ve given me” a increase. I like comedy fraternities. If I’m giving up liquor, I’m not giving up humor as well .”