Mark Olver: Dancing About Architecture

David O’Doherty, Jenny Éclair, Joe Lycett and Pierre Nouvellie joined Mark Olver for Dancing About Architecture, a friendly live afternoon chat show where comedians talk about comedy. Olver was the perfect host, chatty and likeable whilst allowing his guests plenty of time to talk and asking all the right questions to keep the chit-chat moving along. This intimate hour with four different comedians every show, was an educational and enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. Olver ensures that the audience gets the chance to ask their favourite comics their own questions and sets the relaxed tone, creating an environment where both the comedians and the audience felt comfortable.

Olver listened and encouraged discussion to develop, as his guests nattered away: Joe with his intelligent and charming observations on his career and fellow comedians, Jenny who kept the conversation going with her dynamic and experienced style, David with his honest perceptions on the comedy scene, and Pierre who candidly chronicled his experiences as an up and coming name. The conversation sometimes became a little celebrity orientated, with a few in-jokes here and there, but mostly it remained accessible to us commoners. It was a delightful chance to be privy to what felt like an intimate conversation that could just as easily be had in a green room of any big comedy venue. This gave this show a novelty factor only usually experienced while watching DVD extras, or behind-the-scenes footage, but here the discussion is being had live in front of you - and, what’s more, you’re welcome to interact and be part of the conversation.

This is a must see for any aspiring comedians because we were given a no holds barred peek into the highs and lows of the industry. Each comic spoke frankly about their experiences, especially at the beginning of their careers. From punk poetry (guess who?) to £10 pay packets, these comedians have seen it all and were happy to share their know-how. This is a show for comedy fans to get a truthful and honest insight into the careers and lives of their favourite comics. We were lucky enough to hear titbits about other famous comedians such as Dylan Moran and James Corden, which was a real treat for fans.

This fun and friendly live chat show was a great opportunity to ask those questions you’ve always wanted to ask and to listen to insights from your favourite fringe comedians. Masterfully led by Mark Olver, this is a show for comedy fans, interested admirers and aspiring comedians alike. Informative, illuminating and intimate, this is a lovely way to spend a relaxed hour.

Reviews by Troy Holmes

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The Blurb

A discussion show where the best performers at the Fringe talk about how they write and why they love comedy. For anyone who loves or has an interest in the art of being funny.