A former alcoholic, a cancer survivor and a person who lost all his coin in a Bitcoin crash are among the comic 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 would prefer it- and I knew that one day I’d have to stop .”
Rees, who was born in Maesteg, south Wales, is seeing his debut at this year’s Edinburgh fringe with Happy Hour, a looked at at his battle with alcohol. He started acting in 2010 and quickly scooped up some brand-new deed bestows. Then, two years ago, his slapstick vocation stopped as he knowledge 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 pints, and it’s fine to be hungover the next day. Someone with a normal responsibility would’ve been fired. But I was just getting on with it .” In 2016, after a see to his GP, the damage became clear.” There’s an enzyme called GGT that shows how hard-boiled your liver’s working. It should be under 50 in a health adult. At that time, mine was over 1,700. My doctor said,’ You’re going to kill yourself if you don’t stop boozing .'”
Happy Hour acquires Rees part of a new wave of humor at the fringe, as standups share fibs of coming back from the verge. Last-place year’s Comedy Award was shared: Hannah Gadsby won for her enthusiastic diatribe against homophobia and sexual violence, and John Robins for his raw history of his reaction to a breakup. This year, to refer only a few, Dave Maher describes surviving a lethargy, 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 wreaks us back to Rees who, on Good Friday last year, stopped drinking completely.” I was physically dependent by that degree ,” he says.” The patronizes weren’t open and I wasn’t so much craving a potion as physically needing one. My merely option was to go to hospital for Valium. I went to my first join on Easter Monday and it’s been abstinence from then on .”
On Easter Sunday- 2 day 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 exists in pubs and fraternities, is a boozy environment, the 28 -year-old says the purposes of the comedy parish has been a huge help with his recuperation.
” There are lots of comedians who are ex-drinkers, so I had no shortage of people 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 hospital, it facilitated- it “ve given me” a raise. I like comedy organizations. If I’m giving up booze, I’m not giving up comedy as well .”