A former alcoholic, a cancer survivor and a guy who lost all his coin in a Bitcoin crash are among the comics coming back from the brink at the Edinburgh fringe
‘ I didn’t start drinking until I was 18 ,” says Matt Rees.” That’s quite a scarcity for someone in the UK. But straight away, I had recognized 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 stimulating his entry at this year’s Edinburgh fringe with Happy Hour, a looked at at his battle with alcohol. He started playing in 2010 and quickly scooped up some brand-new act awardings. Then, 2 years ago, his comedy vocation 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 beers, and it’s fine to be hungover the next day. Someone with a normal position would’ve been fired. But I was just get the hell out of there with it .” In 2016, after a see to his GP, the damage became clear.” There’s an enzyme called GGT that shows how hard your liver’s working. It should be under 50 in a healthy adult. At that item, mine was over 1,700. Medical doctors said,’ You’re going to kill yourself if you don’t stop drinking .'”
Happy Hour manufactures Rees part of a new wave of slapstick at the fringe, as standups share floors 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 history of his reaction to a breakup. This year, to mention only a few, Dave Maher describes surviving 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 introduces us back to Rees who, on Good Friday last year, stopped sucking totally.” I was physically dependent by that moment ,” he says.” The shops weren’t open and I wasn’t so much imploring a suck as physically needing one. My only alternative was to go to hospital for Valium. I went to see my first find 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 taverns and clubs, is a boozy environment, the 28 -year-old says the purposes of the slapstick community has been a huge help with his convalescence.
” There are a lot of comedians 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 2 day after infirmary, it helped- it “ve given me” a increase. I like comedy organizations. If I’m giving up liquor, I’m not giving up humor as well .”