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NATHAN CASSIDY: 42

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Venue:The Free Sisters, 139 Cowgate Edinburgh EH1 1JS
Phone: 0131 622 6802
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Maggie's Front Room
AUG 4-14, 17-28 at 19:45 (60 min)
 
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Malcolm Hardee Award nominee and Best Show Winner at the Buxton Fringe 2014 (and nominee 2015). The audience chooses a set list of 10 ideas from 42 options creating infinite different shows. Can happiness be found from chaos? Can together we find the meaning of life? Nathan performs a show that the audience will never have seen before and never will again. And who knows, maybe an appearance from Mark King and Level 42 - anything is possible!
'A great comedian' **** Broadway Baby
'Gloriously entertaining' Chortle
'Cassidy has a real commitment to making intelligent shows about fun ideas' Fringe Guru
www.nathancassidy.com/42


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August 20, 2016  Chortle
Chortle Review
Nathan Cassidy has always been a tricksy comedian, loving a bit of a gimmick. And his latest Fringe show is no exception.

The premise is that he’s seeking the meaning of life and the key to happiness. Thanks to Douglas Adams, the number 42 will forever be associated with that greatest of existential questions. So Cassidy has compiled a list of 42 things that make him happy, from much-loved celebrities to holiday excursions. An audience member picks ten at random from a deck of cards, and that’s how the show is constructed.

Has he really learned four times more material than he needs? The cynic in me suspects at least a smidgeon of trickery, especially as some topics clunkily segue into tangentially related anecdotes.

It also seems as if the gimmick has come first; it’s not entirely clear why the card doohickey has produced a better result than telling a story straight would have done… but without seeing other versions, it’s hard to tell. My maths may be wrong, but if all is legit there are 1.47billion possible combinations of ten cards out of 42, if the order doesn’t matter, which would take 168,000 years to get through.

The stories are a mixed bag; his awkward meeting with a producer of a youth-skewed TV comedy shows him to be rather bitter, and it’s pretty indulgent. But that’s set off by a nice twist on the Birdman of Alcatraz legend. Best of the bunch is when he speaks of his children – so often cited as the source of lasting happiness, but are they? Jokes about young Will being an almost-certain homosexual, which somehow seem naughty for Cassidy to be saying, but they work very well.

Cassidy’s delivery is sarcastic and sometimes a little aloof, so it’s a bit of a surprise to learn that he warms up for Britain’s Got Talent and Clare Balding’s show, jobs that would require a lot of bouncy energy. Still, this sideline provided the biggest laugh of the show, thanks a comment made on Balding’s show – and the way Cassidy tees it up with building anticipation.

As well as the card device, Cassidy has also engineered an enjoyable stunt ending, not entirely original – one more established comic did a bigger-scale version of the same idea last year – but still the sort of ‘only on the Fringe’ moment that turns a show into an event. Did we discover the secret and life and happiness? Not conclusively, but Cassidy will make you that little bit happier for an hour or so. Click Here

August 19, 2016  Chortle
Review for Nathan Cassidy: 42
Nathan Cassidy has always been a tricksy comedian, loving a bit of a gimmick. And his latest Fringe show is no exception.

The premise is that he’s seeking the meaning of life and the key to happiness. Thanks to Douglas Adams, the number 42 will forever be associated with that greatest of existential questions. So Cassidy has compiled a list of 42 things that make him happy, from much-loved celebrities to holiday excursions. An audience member picks ten at random from a deck of cards, and that’s how the show is constructed.

Has he really learned four times more material than he needs? The cynic in me suspects at least a smidgeon of trickery, especially as some topics clunkily segue into tangentially related anecdotes.

It also seems as if the gimmick has come first; it’s not entirely clear why the card doohickey has produced a better result than telling a story straight would have done… but without seeing other versions, it’s hard to tell. My maths may be wrong, but if all is legit there are 1.47billion possible combinations of ten cards out of 42, if the order doesn’t matter, which would take 168,000 years to get through.

The stories are a mixed bag; his awkward meeting with a producer of a youth-skewed TV comedy shows him to be rather bitter, and it’s pretty indulgent. But that’s set off by a nice twist on the Birdman of Alcatraz legend. Best of the bunch is when he speaks of his children – so often cited as the source of lasting happiness, but are they? Jokes about young Will being an almost-certain homosexual, which somehow seem naughty for Cassidy to be saying, but they work very well.

Cassidy’s delivery is sarcastic and sometimes a little aloof, so it’s a bit of a surprise to learn that he warms up for Britain’s Got Talent and Clare Balding’s show, jobs that would require a lot of bouncy energy. Still, this sideline provided the biggest laugh of the show, thanks a comment made on Balding’s show – and the way Cassidy tees it up with building anticipation.

As well as the card device, Cassidy has also engineered an enjoyable stunt ending, not entirely original – one more established comic did a bigger-scale version of the same idea last year – but still the sort of ‘only on the Fringe’ moment that turns a show into an event. Did we discover the secret and life and happiness? Not conclusively, but Cassidy will make you that little bit happier for an hour or so. Click Here

August 10, 2016 Beyond The Joke
Spoof Poster Claims Comic Is Big Arena Star
Comedian Nathan Cassidy has come up with one of the best publicity stunts so far at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

A fake poster has appeared in the pedestrian underpass by the major Pleasance Dome venue advertising Cassidy’s fictional 2017 tour, The Man In The Arena. According to the poster all the dates are already sold out except for one night at the O2 Arena in London on November 4.

The poster also advertises two imaginary Cassidy DVDs entitled I Am Orig and The Cure For The Common Cold and then using the Amazon typeface says they are “out of stock”.

There is also a fabricated quote from website Chortle saying: “The entire second row is pissed. And there are only two rows.”

Cassidy is currently doing a show at the Laughing Horse venue at the nearby Free Sisters pub entitled 42 which is described as “a quest for the meaning of life from this critically acclaimed, award-winning stand-up renowned for innovation. No two shows the same…” Click Here

August 7, 2016  Mumble Comedy
Mumble review
Nathan Cassidy is funny and entertaining. He reminds me of the way that certain films start off slow before drawing you in completely. The title of his show is centered around the fact that he was once in a recording studio with the band Level 42, a moment caught on film for posterity and to entertain this year’s Fringe. His efforts last year were nothing short of startling, & the Mumble were keen to see what new tricks Cassidy had up his sleeve.

Bustling with street-wise banter, this modern clown worked us hard with his funky material. One-by-one, everyone in the audience warmed to him and yes, the audience loved it. Me included. I have decided to take a new look at comedians, they have nae always been my most fave to review. Divine is old school when it comes to comedy and tonight’s performance inspired me to liken the comedian to one of the greats. Tonight, Nathan had Norman Wisdom as his muse.

Cassidy’s creation also has one of the most novel finales to have ever graced the Fringe. I cannae give away the details, but there is a certain brilliance in its unusuality. This show is well worth the fiver I put in the bucket, and I sense a rising star in our midst.
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August 7, 2016  Broadway Baby
Broadway Baby Review
Nathan Cassidy offers comedy fare that fits right in at the Fringe, a mixture of social observation, wordplay, ranting and anecdotal amusement. Depending on how you react to explicit language at 7.45pm, feel free to add or subtract from the star rating. Click Here

August 6, 2016  Broadway Baby
Nathan Cassidy offers comedy fare that fits right in at the Fringe, a mixture of social observation, wordplay, ranting and anecdotal amusement. Depending on how you react to explicit language and David-Cameron-and-a-pig jokes at 7.45pm, feel free to add or subtract from the star rating. Click Here

July 24, 2016 buxtonfringe.org.uk
Buxton Fringe Best Solo Comedy Show - Nominee
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July 19, 2016 The Edinburgh Reporter
Our Pick of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 – Nathan Cassidy : 42
In this show by Nathan Cassidy, the audience chooses a set list of 10 ideas from 42 options, creating infinite different shows. Can happiness be found from chaos? Can we together find the meaning of life?

Nathan performs a show that the audience will never have seen before and will never see again – and by the end of the show no one will be where they once were, thanks to an uplifting and dream-like ending unlike anything seen before at the Fringe!

There might even be an appearance from Mark King and Level 42 – anything is possible!

Nathan Cassidy loves the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and wants to give the audience a true one-off experience every night – no two shows are the same, and together with the audience he wants to create something truly special; magical even – that’s the aim!

Audiences at the Fringe are ready for something different and Nathan wants to take the audience with him, maybe literally (!), to a stand-up experience they won’t have seen before.

VENUE: Free Sisters, Cowgate
DATES: Aug 4-28 (not 15/16)
TIME: 19:42 (1 hour)
TICKETS: Free (pay what you like) Click Here

July 17, 2016 Buxton Fringe .org.uk
Nathan Cassidy: 42 Review
Take 42 things that are positive in your life. Get a member of the audience to choose 10 of them at random and use them as the basis of the show for the next hour. Simple really.

If you weren't there last night you missed a real treat. Cricket, dance, Harry Potter, the World Cup, chaos and Romeo & Juliet were among the items selected, so you get an idea of the range of comedic opportunities afforded to us. True to form, Nathan did not disappoint, and for the next hour much mirth was to be had. At times it was eye-wateringly funny and I don't think a single one of us didn't laugh as Nathan tried, desperately at times, to cope with the front row! It isn't often the front row plays such a part in events but last night was a classic.

This was the third time I've seen Nathan and each show has been put together with a great deal of thought and work. Last night showed that he doesn't just throw things together and hope something sticks. It has been rehearsed and tuned and it showed.

Just one appearance isn't enough, and if you missed it – tough. Easily the best comedy I've seen at this year's Fringe.

Ian Parker Heath Click Here

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