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Venue:Bar 50, Within SafeStay Edinburgh Hostel, 50 Blackfriars Street Edinburgh EH1 1NE
Phone: 0131 524 1989
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Alcove
AUG 3-13, 15-27 at 15:30 (60 min)
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Amused Moose Best Edinburgh Comedy Show - nominee Ď15
NZ Comedy Guild Best International Act - nominee Ď14
School Art Prize Ė winner í88.

They say follow your dreams, but they donít mean it. Dreams are like children, follow them too long, people get suspicious.
An illustrated, animated, comic reworking of the classic tale of Rumplestiltskin . The show is about expectations, itís about creativity, itís about following your dreams, itís about failure, itís about an hour.

I am a comedian. My previous shows have contained jokes and stories. I am also a keen artist. I thought it was time to combine these talents, especially since Rolf Harris has left a gap in the market.
I have been performing comedy on the International Stage for over fifteen years. Iíve played every toilet in every two-bit city and town. Itís good to be back. With eight Edinburgh Festival shows under my belt, as well as performing numerous times at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Perth Fringe World and NZ Comedy Festival. Itíll be f***ing great.

ďProbably the most absorbing show I have seen. Completely spellbinding.Ē Chortle ★★★★

ďBirdmanís Fringe show is a triumph. He isnít afraid to push the limits of what society deems appropriate. He has created an hour of thought-provoking, hilarious stand-up with the added metaphors he has sculpted from well established fairy tales.Ē
Edinburgh Reporter ★★★★★

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August 20, 2017  One4Review
For many years Markus Birdman has been gracing the comedy scene so hence has a wealth of experience to draw on when he is constructing his funny and entertaining shows each year.
He is also a very good animator so there is always this talent interwoven into each performance too, not over used, so one always has that as a bonus as well.
There are no histrionics from this amiable performer, the audience work is not intrusive, the well-crafted material funny well delivered and on occasions thought provoking. The wide range of ages at the show got on board and stayed with him and is a testament to his appeal.
The animation tells the story, well sort of, of Rumpelstiltskin with added Trump and his daughter, yes really voiced by fellow comics such as Phil Nichol, Tom Stade and Lou Sanders, with the selling your soul for success message being carried through to Birdman the comedian to elaborate on worked well.
Okay the transitions back and forth probably didnít ease the flow of the hour, but it seldom distracted from the enjoyment of the performance.
Stuck in a wee dark room on the Cowgate it is not the easiest of venues to find, but do so itís well worth the effort. Click Here

August 20, 2017  Voice
Starting his first foray into animation a bit late left more to be heard than seen.
Birdman's illustration have been the strength of his shows, with some vividly designed pop-up sketchbooks. Going into animation didn't work as readily well. The style of the animation was very staccato, and not in keeping with the visual style of the illustrations, which itself wasn't quite at the standard we're used to from Birdman.
There was a bit of an episode when Birdman invited a talking audience member to leave, which added a tangible awkwardness to the routine.
Beside that, the satirical story of Rumpelstiltskin was measured and well rehearsed but the talking between chapters of the story was more compelling than the video. This was down to great audience interaction and anecdotes about the sassiness of his young daughter.
The show represented a creative risk and the free Fringe is the place to do it but ordinary stand-up comedians know to re-write or chuck jokes that don't work, but it'll take a fair bit of effort to re-work an animated video.
From absorbing and compelling illustrative comedy storytelling, the quality of the cartoons themselves appear to be more powerful than you'd expect. The other cogs of a dark comic story with pithy jokes are in place but they need some oiling to live up to Birdman's previous work. Click Here

August 10, 2017  Fest
What does a good comic do when he's been gigging for decades and wants to mix it up a bit, explore new creative territories, but within the confines of an Edinburgh hour? He turns to animation: or at least thatís what Markus Birdman did in the runup to this show.

A part-time artist too, Birdman was conjuring illustrations to lob into this yearís set, then decided to make them move, which proved much tougher than expected. He must have got it done in good time though as some notable comics add vocal support: Rhod Gilbert makes an early cameo, Tom Stade plays a Trump-like King, Phil Nichol is Rumpelstiltskin, Lou Sanders voices the young girl he tempts into a pact, and Birdman plays her father. Heís a court jester: quite a stretch.

The non-animated bits here are also about doing deals with the devil, and ambition generally Ė how this respected comic is relatively happy with his career, despite his daughter's protestations that if he were funnier, ďIíd have a horse". She's the inspiration for Sanders' character in the cartoons, which are peppered throughout, and they work fine. Heís still a much better standup than he is a cartoon director though, so you canít help but hanker for more of his devilishly good talky bits. Shorter bursts of animation might be more impactful.

Then again, this is what the Fringe should be, a platform for new concepts, and a standup show with added Rumpelstiltskin animation is definitely that. Aardman, Birdman: they all started somewhere. Click Here

August 8, 2017  Chortle
A strange show on paper, but a good one in practice. Seasoned club comedian Markus Birdman has decided to make use of the animation skills learned at art school a few decades ago, and incorporate them into his latest show.

Heís done this by producing a video animation of Rumpelstiltskin, or at least a twisted version of it featuring Donald Trump, his 12-year-old daughter, and the eponymous troll thing (or whatever Rumpelstiltskin is). Birdman flits between doing stand-up, and playing this video, over which he makes some witty interjections.

Stay with me Ö

Rumpelstiltskin was his chosen fable because itís about greed and ambition, and doing a Faustian pact to get what you want. The name of the show, Between the Devil And The Deep Blue Sea, is a metaphor, he says, for being stuck between chasing your dreams and being held back by the brutal realities of life. Perhaps as a reward to the audience for getting on board with a high-concept show, Birdman has kindly included some knob gags.

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August 8, 2017  The Skinny
The Brothers Grimm's Rumpelstiltskin, the Faustian tale of greed and ambition, is used by Markus Birdman in reference to both himself and his 12-year-old daughter. He asks, are we too aspirational, or not aspirational enough? Should we follow our dreams at any cost, or should we teach our children and ourselves when to give up on those dreams?

Birdmanís own ambitions and experiences as a comedian take up a sizeable chunk of the show, and detract from interesting sections around his relationship with his child and with the story heís trying to tell. Similarly, the animated sections dotted through the hour take the wind from his sails a little. When he gets going, though, Birdman is a confident and clever performer, setting up his own rules and breaking them with great control. The animated scenes projected behind him need this same gift of comic timing, though they remain humourous, monstrous and have their own distinctive, nightmarish style. Click Here

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