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ILLUMINARCHIE

Comedy

Venue:Espionage, 4 India Buildings (Entrances on Victoria Street and Cowgate) Edinburgh EH1 2EX
Phone: 0131 4777 007
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Mata Hari
AUG 3-13, 15-27 at 18:45 (60 min)
 
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IlluminArchie is the hilarious new show by, "super cool, super smart storyteller" (Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard) Award winning comedian, Archie Maddocks. He is described as "poignant, inventive and razor-sharp" (Broadway Baby) and as having "a corking, almost cinematic story" (Chortle).

Join Archie for an hour of comedy, which looks at what its like to have an accidentally racist girlfriend, the perils of combining Mexican food with Mayan pyramids and a tough, Trinidadian grandfather.


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August 17, 2017  The Edinburgh Reporter
IlluminArchie is the hilarious new show by ‘super cool, super smart storyteller’ (Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard) and award-winning comedian, Archie Maddocks. He is described as ‘poignant, inventive and razor-sharp’ (BroadwayBaby.com) and as having ‘a corking, almost cinematic story’ (Chortle.co.uk). Join Archie for his new show, which looks at, but is not limited to, how he wishes someone would take control of his life so he didn’t have to, an accidentally racist girlfriend, a killer doughnut and an altercation with a monkey.

I saw Archie Maddocks on Tuesday night as part of Bringing to Book, which was a benefit for two legal charities working on the Grenfell Tower Fire. I was really impressed with him, especially for reciting the poem written by one of the surviving residents.

You could tell it was hard for him and not how he is used to performing but he did it well and I was touched by it. Here as part of the Free Fringe, I ended up seeing his show my chance as I was in the area and remembered I had his flyer in my bag. I’m glad I took that decision and for once was happy I got the library’s opening hours wrong.

Deep in the depths of Espionage, Archie Maddocks delivers an hour’s worth of comedy during IlluminArchie. Given the size of the venue, he warmed the crowd up with a few “Who are you and where are you from?” questions. OK, this is a comic’s standby but he did it well and remembered the people’s names throughout the show. That alone was impressive as I’ve seen others forget them by the end of a sentence.

After relaxing the audience a little – we didn’t need a warm-up as the room was roasting, even for the Fringe – he got into his show and stride proper. From what I could tell he partially tailored the show based on the audience’s reaction to some of his more boundary pressing jokes. Personally he pulled back too much and I would have liked to seen where he would have gone.

Maddocks treats us to a little of his personal and family history, shares information about his relationship and treats the audience as friends. He even let go a loudmouth eejit spoiling the punchline of one of his jokes; I apologised afterwards and he accepted it graciously.

He is a young comic who, while not the finished article, is well on his way to being a polished performer. He is personable, clever, able to think on his feet and has thought about how to bring material together to create a show.

I look forward to hearing more from him and hopefully seeing him next year. Preferable in a cooler room. Click Here

August 17, 2017 Lothian's Ken
I saw Archie Maddocks on Tuesday night as part of Bringing to Book, which was a benefit for two legal charities working on the Grenfell Tower Fire. I was really impressed with him, especially for reciting the poem written by one of the surviving residents. You could tell it was hard for him and not how he is used to performing but he did it well and I was touched by it. Here as part of the Free Fringe, I ended up seeing his show my chance as I was in the area and remembered I had his flyer in my bag. I’m glad I took that decision and for once was happy I got the library’s opening hours wrong.

Deep in the depths of Espionage, Archie Maddocks delivers an hour’s worth of comedy during IlluminArchie. Given the size of the venue, he warmed the crowd up with a few “Who are you and where are you from?” questions. OK, this is a comic’s standby but he did it well and remembered the people’s names throughout the show. That alone was impressive as I’ve seen others forget them by the end of a sentence. After relaxing the audience a little – we didn’t need a warm-up as the room was roasting, even for the Fringe – he got into his show and stride proper. From what I could tell he partially tailored the show based on the audience’s reaction to some of his more boundary pressing jokes. Personally he pulled back too much and I would have liked to seen where he would have gone.

Maddocks treats us to a little of his personal and family history, shares information about his relationship and treats the audience as friends. He even let go a loudmouth eejit spoiling the punchline of one of his jokes; I apologised afterwards and he accepted it graciously. He is a young comic who, while not the finished article, is well on his way to being a polished performer. He is personable, clever, able to think on his feet and has thought about how to bring material together to create a show. I look forward to hearing more from him and hopefully seeing him next year. Preferable in a cooler room. Click Here

August 14, 2017  Broadway Baby
Fear not, this is a show for more than just the conspiracy theorists out there. Armed with a pun in the title and a range of tones to please all audiences, Archie Maddocks has put together an enjoyable collection of anecdotes for his Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut; it just needs a bit more polish to really shine.

From escapades in South Africa to living with both mother and girlfriend, this is fairly easy-going material with a good structure. Leaning casually on his mic stand, Maddocks gives the impression of relaxing into his set, laughing with us and handling more disruptive members of the audience confidently without being rude. I particularly enjoyed several strong characters who were created out of nowhere, delivered with a self-assured confidence that brought belly laughs to the room.

There’s a sense of a scattered mind here, especially in the first half of the set: sentences begin strongly but tend to digress and don’t always arrive where they are supposed to, often leaving a weaker punchline than intended. The stories themselves are great fun, and it’s only when Maddocks loses control of the narrative in this way that the pace begins to fall flat. It’s also confusing that the climax of the show is revealed on the back of the flyer, which removes any sense of suspense from what could have been an outrageous finale.

Overall, this set still feels very self-aware – Maddocks makes references to using audience members as his back-up, and seems to have a lack of confidence in his ability to keep the crowd on his side, which in itself reveals a lack of trust in letting us enjoy his set. It’s a shame, because I really enjoyed the material itself, which dances the line of innuendo with some excellent one-liners. It's a free show and definitely worth a chance; Maddocks is a good entertainer, and I hope that his set only continues to improve. Click Here

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