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This programme contains some strong language. Hello and welcome to the


final culture show from the 2012 Edinburgh Festival, where we're


bringing the finest comics, writers and comedians. Budget cut, we've


had to down grade the Autocue, what's my next line? Coming up the


funniest and fabulous shows on the fringe, according to me. The


brilliance of Howard Jacobson. Dieter Roth intriguing diaries, one


of the hotest singers in town, and Russell Kane reveals his thoughts


on books, blokes and broodiness. Edinburgh loves a good gong, we


have the Foster's Comedy Awards, fringe first, herald angels, hark


The Herald angels, Michael Gove prize, if you want the low down


what is pertinent, you need to ask a master at the peek of the


critical culture. We couldn't get that person, so I've done my top


five. Once again the fringe is full of strange and wonderful things.


Teas been hard to select my topics, but it's had to be done. One of my


favourite comics did not disappoint at this year's festival. Asking


questions like what is a Tory femist, why is this Edwin fat suit


building, and why don't they do a Spielberg film about donkeys.


Welcome to the world of Bridget Christie. The senged year I've seen


you dressing up for a purpose, to use an mal met a for for the female


struggle. The problem hasn't gone away, I did a donkey for a while.


Even donkey journalists hate donkey comics. You do a bit about


switching on to you which, and you happen to tune in to five minutes?


I was flicking through, and these two girls, they were gorgeous and


talking about a quiz night. But how they were getting to ready to go to


a quiz night, by having botox done before they went there. Is this how


we're getting ready, we have toxin, which can cause a life threatening


illness, pumped into 18 years old faces to answer trivia. 20 Years


ago, when I would go out a quiz night, I would read up on my


general knowledge. Bridge jit is embarking on a Europe-wide tour


next month. Next up, entire delegation from


South Africa, has been among the big hitters in this festival. From


traditional, to Eddie Izzard, Trevor Noah. It is the perfect


South African drink, what's this supposed to mean, it is 90% black.


The white is still on top. garnering five star reviews all-


round has been Yael Farber Mies Julie, she transports the action to


modern day South Africa. Because you're drunk tonight. Julie won the


award, she's transfered to London in the year. Living up to


reputation as one of the best venues, The Trav verse has offered


a good line-up. Born to Run, the true story and Beats, rave culture


and rebellion. However the biggest buzz has been Rob Drummond, sellout


Bullet Catch, surrounded around the dangerous stunt which claimed the


lives of 12 illusionists. The first idea to do the Bullet Catch or the


great story of illusionist who was killed during the particular.


first idea is I loved magic and need do a show. What's the most


extreme show coy do, and one answer, and that's a Bullet Catch. Just


before you do the Bullet Catch trick the audience become rattleed?


I give them the opportunity to leave F they don't want to watch it.


And people have been taking up that opportunity. And leaving the


auditorium. You see audience members covering their faces and it


is satisfying to see that, because it means the show is working.


you get nervous? Yeah I do. No matter how many times do you that,


facing a complete stranger with a gun, point directly at your surveys


unnerveing, just before you pull the trigger. Do you think I would


be a suitable candidate to demonstrate? Over the course of the


interview, I have got to know you and trust you, I would like you to


You're a genius, oh my days, well done for you. How are you feeling?


Shaky. You can have that. Round of applause for sap Sue. I didn't kill


anyone. You have no idea how many fringe performance toss get that


right. My final pick is Tony Law. like the way your meat is held


together with a skin sack. Well the lads fell about. It was brilliant


banter. The thing you can critical about comedy, but in a positive and


sweet way, and particularly effective thing is a catch phrase,


which is you say a series of terrible trueisms or awful,


offensive things, and you go, banter. Where did that come from?


Oh, just hearing and being around banter, overhearing it on trains,


and banter lads, banterings and then they do the most more risk


thing about woim, but then it is just banter. The little things that


bleed into bigger things, "Course that's what she's like the wife"s


just banter. I just to sit with my notebook out, doing banner and


steal it. The last few minutes of the show is magical funny moments.


Just beautiful and lovely. Where did the idea come from? The last


three years in a row, with the kids, I watch the way they light things


and do things, and the way they connect to children. It is hard to


connect with children, if do you, that's something special. I've been


trying to learn and absorb from things like that. If you engage


with children, engage with adults that way, that's why the lighting


of the business went on. I loved it, thank you for sharing it with us.


Thank you so much for having me. Tony will be playing the theatre in


London in October. If you're at home playing beard cricket, I'm


delighted to teld you, Tony Law and combination score a six. Next up,


Booker Prize winner author, Howard Jacobson is in town talking about


his new work, Zoo Time at the book festival. In is themes of zierks


disappointment, death of a novel and mother in laws, Tim Samuels


went to meet him. Howard Jacobson made a career of writing about very


funny, literary, typically northern, Jewish man, and latest novel, Zoo


Time is no exception. Howard, lovely to see you again. How are


you. This time is anti-hero as comic writer whose career has seen


better days. He's also a married man, wildly in love with fiery


flame haired wife, Vanessa. By extension, her vivacious mother,


Poppy. Normally I presented her a type script hot from my computer.


How do you give your wife a novel about a man whose in love with his


wife's mother. I denied the similarity of course this, is a


work of fiction, any resemblance between characters living or dead,


but she never swallowed that. Which left me with two courses of action,


either risk ending the marriage, or not write the book. I imagine this


was good fun to write? More fun that I've ever had writing a book,


the most fun, I had. The niceest thing you say is, it feels it was


fun to write, because that means it is fun to read. I do like writing


about mothers and daughters, there's always a fascination


between the love between them, the ways in which they lookalike, how


they walk and move together. The painful rivalries, not admitted


between them. That itself is a great subject. The character, Guy


Ableman, what kind of a guy? This is a guy who would love to be a


wild man. He would be lawless. I understand this. He is a nice


person, he's brought up to be a nice person, and would like to be a


bad person. Affair with your mother-in-law, how much more


shocking alass he could shock the world with it. Then you have the


ridiculous industry as portrayed here, the bedeath of fiction, where


fads, constantly changing. It is a toxic mix to have the industry and


psyche together? What was the buzzword last year," Readable" a


book had to be "readable", last year, it was "unput downable". Put


it down, laugh, scream, cry, throw it across the room, take a note,


open the windows, put it down! year, he wanted to have a thousand


story apps ready to go for the mobile phone market, bus stop


reading he called it, unbooks, that could be started and finished while


phone users were waiting for someone to call them back, or the


traffic lights to change or waiter to arrive with the bill. In short


to plug those small, social hiatuses of life on the run.


struck me as confident book, I wonder having won the booker you


were in a position where you could put your head above the parapet.


This novel was started six months before I won the Man Booker, at a


time I had no belief, I thought my career was coming to an end, what


will I do. I'll go down fighting and write a funny novel about the


end of it all, like a suicide note. Half way through, I go and win the


Man Booker Prize, which I thought probably would be the end of this


book. And then I had a bleak thought, I thought what if the


novel would be my best novel ever, my funniest best novel ever. And if


the Man Booker Prize ruined it? Man Booker Prize ruins great novel.


What if that snaps you had to be a writer to invite the trouble, you


had to be a writer to be prepared to put your life into a sort of


suss expense, while the story of what would happen, had its way with


you. I didn't give a figure for happiness. I was after bigger,


dirtier fish. The truth is this. I do not believe there is or has been


a writer alive that doesn't somewhere in his soul wonder if he


is any good or she is any good or not. It is like being Usain Bolt,


it can't be measured or proved, you never know, so I think, anything


that feels like a confirmation, of something that you hope might be


the case, that you are all right, that you can do it, that you


haven't been fooling yourself, comes as a huge relief. You were


runing in the right race. And not just running, you were winning it.


Well that's the most erotic use of lost property I've seen. Afternoon


Mam. I think she lost a hip there.


the Edinburgh Festival showcases the finest singers, we think the


one to watch is Iestyn Davies. Clemency Burton-Hill went to talk


The rock stars of the opera and classical world are the tenors, the


lovers and heroes, famed and adored for the power of their top note,


the sensational high C. But what about a beautiful male


voice that can go even higher than the high C?


Some think of it as surprising, unnerveing and confusing but often


other worldly the distinctive voice of the countertenor. Resonateing as


one of the world's young counter tenors is the Iestyn Davies and


lucky me, I get to hang out with I know auf glamorous life as an


opera singer, so I thought I would take you to the finest gastronomic


experience. What are you having? Scam by and chips. Kech


championship I loathe that. Do you ever find people are surprised and


shocked when they hear you sing? Well there's been a couple of


occurrences where there's people not expecting to hear a man sing in


this way. They see the face, they see your


beard or whatever, standing there, and then you have this other


worldly sound coming out of you, so they're thrown by it. Give us the


basics, what is a countertenor? is a name given to a male singer


who uses their fall sella range, it is the sound you would hear, if you


were listening to the Bee Gees. for example I took these chips and


they say represented, the sorrowcal chords, very bad greasy chords,


when a normal singing voice, active vaits and vibrate to a different


fashion, and part of the vocal folds vibrate, I could give you the


impression if I was talking now, and then I want to talk like that,


that's fall seta. And it is much harder when you've eaten chips. So


is that the same, we hear about the castrato? The castrati, were


popular in the 18th century. The thing about them, was they had be


castrated, so this had happened. The end of the puberty, they


preserveed their treble voice and ended up having a power of a tenor,


Pavarotti power, but with the straipg other worldly voice.


castrati were the world's first superstars, and had a remarkable


effect on the female audience as explored about the most famous bun,


Yael Farber. You haven't had to go through?


seta is a completely different skill, the repertoire they sang now


The international festival careies on throughout the weekend and end


with a spectacular concert on Sunday. Octopus, limbed becameer


head, Russell Kane is doing the double. He is at the book festival,


discussion the humanist, I waited with a large net outside a book


store with him and I caught him. few of my men are having to have


sprogs, it scares me the level of love, that some of you men feel,


there's a violence I don't understand. When I look at my buoy,


I never fucking felt anything like it in my life, if anyone looked at


him I would fucking, if the nurse looked at him, I stabbed her in the


fucking face, I weren't having it. Rustle, your CV has got august, not


amazing comedy, but you're author, with a capital A, tell bus the


book? It is about Benjamin White, he has humour, he can perceive it,


but he is not butt it emotional. He discovers humour so pure it can


kill. The main character is devoid of empathy, and he happens to be a


critic. He actually, started from, when I started comedy, to me, I was


going, leaving work and thinking, I have to do comedy, I'm so lucky,


there was miserable people with note boot, which weirdly had a


person nationality transplant when think got on stage, so critic,


clinically outside the very thing which is the connoisseur, that's


how it started. I'm not cold just locked in "like jokes that misfire,


even though their construction is perfect. Thiss puzzle, even me for


a moment at least. The circus gag, flawless in the make-up, tonely


hond, with a rightful inflection to a room full of people, yet it falls


flat, they cannot ethe knots and strands around the idea, how it


looks on to the mood and matter on the room, its shape and light, no


joke is perfect you see, environment shapes even plaitium


material." What's your experience of critical? I've never really got


like a panic. There's a couple of guys, that don't get what do I, and


I get swipey, three star stuff, but I've been lucky. That's not fair,


some children just refuse to eat, bollocks. If he saw spin yach, he


would fall. Funny how this diet is not a Somalia. Talk about the


festival this year, your show, you always like themes, this is I love


the theme this, is about fatherhood, you coming of age. At least in your


imagination? Absolutely. That is the one playful thing do I with


critics, you have to spot where they come from, but the show title


is come from a negative mark within a review. This year, I wanted to


talk about having kids, but someone said he has nice material but a lot


is a posturing delivery. Brilliant, it's a pun on posturing, as


positying, hypothetical delivery, all the words were packed in


posturing delivery, and we were off. You want to experience everything,


when you fantasies everything, I would love one, I want to


experience everything, emotionally that a father would experience, I


want a boy, girl and bay... I would be one of the few fathers, I want


to tell you, papya, come in, oh I'm so excited...


Glitter canyons going off. I know, You can check out rustle on tour


from October, and on BBC Three tomorrow night. A most striking


displace of the Edinburgh fest rational is diaries of Dieter Roth.


Roth was one. First artist toss really explores the idea of life in


his art and suck suck suck went to devil in his world. That's Michael


Anglo, it is for kitty, who simply won't wear a cardigan, likes to


You know how people don't like contemporary art, complain it is a


pile of rubbish, today I'm to see a man who helped embed that idea, by


transforming one of the stuff our This is a work called Flat Waste,


and by the Swiss-German artist, Dieter Roth. It looks like an


important archive, but these hundreds of folders aren't filled


with precious document, instead they contain personal waste collect


of a course of a year in the mid-7 0s, by the artist, some of the


trash is disgusting. My first impression, flicking through this,


is a madness at work here. Because, Roth collected all manner of


pointless things, stubed out fag butts, coffee cup lids, old


crumbleed beer mats and razor blade which has stuff in the mettle Then


you have things like, what is that, it is like a piece of an envelope,


which is a tiny scrap of paper. There's no reason why this should


be preserveed, you'd think. When these are confronted with scraps of


life, makes you piece together. I feel like I'm in a episode of CSI,


you have to piece the story, of Dieter Roth's life. Dieter Roth was


born in 1930. He trained as a commercial artist, but when he came


into contact with modernism and constructiveism, the idea of art


that could bring about social change transformed his outlook. He


is mostly famous for the avant- garde work, when he created work


using organic material, such as cheese, chocolate and rabbit


dropings, and Flat Waste, constain some strange materials as well.


Well, here, look at this, by the looks of things it is a scrum


pelled up tissue, which spots of blood, or a bit like ear wax.


Initially it would be easy to dismiss this, and say, well, here


we have the outpowerings of detraipged hoarder, but actually, I


think there's a deep thinking artistic intelligence, motivating


his work, because Flat Waste belongs to a long tradition within


the tradition of art, which is self-portrait. A portrait of the


artist created by the rubbish and waste that he's left behind. The


show here at the fruit market is called Dieter Roth: Diaries and


appropriately enough we have a table load of the things. But the


ultimate example of him recording his day to day activities isn't


This is a quite extraordinary work, when you think about its context,


it is called Solo Scenes and consists of 128 screens, set across


three banks, and in each one, we see the artist, in his various


studios around the world, going about his day to day business, in


the final year of his life. He knew he had a heart condition. His


doctors had told him he need to have an operation, he refused to


have the operation. He didn't want to have it. So you see here, a man,


an old man, infirmed man, a weak man, confronting his own mortality.


His son and long time collaboratetor, is now the


custodian of his falter's work. always found it interesting, and


typical for him, this discipline to do that. Because, he had, he didn't


like his figure, he didn't like how he looked, how sick he looked and


fat and old and all that. But somehow he had the courage to just


do that. There, he has his head in his hands, here he's having trouble


breathing. And he is waiting for the pain to pass. Often we see him


in very unflattering situations, well there, he's sitting on the


toilet. Yeah, but that's a visual, real diary, his daily life, and it


is what it is. When you see this work realised in the gallery, how


do you feel? He's so close? years after he died, he died, I


installed it three or four times in different place, I never could look


at t but slowly I'm able to look at it. When you feel, what do you feel


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