The Andy Field Experience

It's a hard task to sum up quite what The Andy Field Experience is about without using the words surreal and odd. Hilarious is another apt phrase that could be used. What the show is? It's a hilarious romp through the life of a comedian who is clearly going places. Whether his persona is real or affected for comedy purposes you can't help but be engaged with what he has to say.

An act that lives up to the pre-show hype.

In the cramped confines of The Cellar in the Pleasance Courtyard, the audience laugh along with every surreal twist, turn and flights of fancy during this 50-minute show. It's a show that manages to reclaim the medium of PowerPoint from the kind of stultifying lectures and office presentations that have almost rendered the form meaningless.

Using each slide as a prompt, we see hand drawn phrases, photographs, and titles that act as a launch pad for an insight into Field's crazy world. There are also a number of drawings that highlight his other talents, although I wouldn't give up the day job just yet to pursue a life as an artist. There's a clear nod to Vic and Bob, the doyens of this style of comedy with this visual humour.

He sets up a number of gags that don't even need to be said, as the crowd are already on side and attuned to the comic's train of thought.

Unsurprisingly there's a bit in the middle about hallucinogenic drugs, something which Field has dabbled in. It makes you wonder whether this is what Milton Jones would be like if he had his pick of the mushroom fields.

It's a whistle tour of the PowerPoint and there is a danger of the show running over. This necessitates the need for Field to speed through the remaining slides, to get to the grand finale.

For all Field's quirks, at the the heart of the comedy is the traditional aspects of the craft, the puns and gags. He gets away with telling the weaker gags by the way he delivers the punchline and almost goads the audience into laughing. That said there aren't many that fall flat.

The ending ramps up the surreal nature of show even more and in a way that you couldn't predict. If you want to experience the world of Andy Field vicariously, this run at Edinburgh may be the last time you see him this close up. As he's an act that lives up to the pre-show hype. 

Reviews by Paul Clark

Assembly George Square Theatre

Andrew Maxwell: Showtime

★★★
Pleasance Courtyard

Angela Barnes: Fortitude

★★★★
New Town Theatre

Dickless

★★★
The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6

Phill Jupitus: Achtung!/Acting!

★★★
The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4

Phill Jupitus Up the Stand

★★★★
Pleasance Courtyard

Lucy Porter: Choose Your Battles

★★★★

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The Blurb

Join Chortle's One to Watch 2017, Andy Field as he takes you on a surreal and vivid journey in this one man sh*t show. Ridiculous? Yes. Hilarious? Definitely. Is he stupid or a genius? You decide. Winner of the Chortle Student Comedy Award 2015, Andy has a unique style and fresh approach to stand-up. Andy Field is a talented and silly performer who will make you laugh for an hour' (Fest[i/]). 'He has a surreal outlook, a set packed full of proper punchlines and a nerdy glee in sharing it' (Chortle.co.uk).