as I would have had to then unlearn the structure for the shows in Edinburgh.
I know I’ve said — well, written — that writin’s different from talkin’, but you know, it is. And then, of course, there are the time constraints of a show, which don’t exist on the page.
I did figure out an effective way of breezing through the saga for live audiences but it didn’t do justice to the life that was by me lived so that this story could be. One woman who came said she felt the epic lent itself more to a book than a show, a notion I had already been tossing about in my brain. In any event, I think I’m going to go back to working on the project here. It may not be in a linear fashion, so I hope you’ll bear with me.
As it happened, the Edinburgh “Cold Chicken” turned out to be, in effect, a workshop for said book or a future theatrical run, which I suppose we all expected. Still, there was some good feedback online from attendees, sometimes from people I didn’t even know.
Unexpectedly, though, it was the reprise of “9/11” (which I guess was in its 1st true run, last year’s being a developmental one similar to this year’s of CC) that turned out to be my “real” show and got nice-sized audiences and a bit of buzz.
Here’s stuff I found online about the shows:
@ch4rl3sm4ns0n: check out Andrew J Lederer’s ‘9/11’, good stuff #edfringe
@Sonic_Screwup: Andrew J Lederer’s ‘9/11’. The Royal Mile Tavern, every day at 5pm. Go and see it. This guy is tells a masterful and moving story. #edfringe
jw_smith James W Smith
If you’re in the Grassmarket area, head to Dragonfly to see @ajlondemand and his Anthology show. It starts… now-ish, I believe.#edfringe
joyfeed Peter Fletcher
Very amusing storytelling from @ajlondemand at the Voodoo Rooms at midday. Today an intriguing bonus cut-up version.
joyfeed Peter Fletcher
@ajlondemand Just realised I used the word “intriguing” both times I mentioned Cold Chicken. In itself quite intriguing.
@alnya Ha, no I saw him do a bit of what is now his show last year at @squat_betty’s new material night and really liked it though.
@jw_smith Lolz. It’s true, it’s a great bit of storytelling.
@pageantmalarkey He is very good and also underappreciated…
@ewenmacintosh his 9/11 story was one of the most astonishing bits of stand up I’ve ever seen. Great storyteller.
natmetcalfe Nathaniel Metcalfe
recommends Cold Chicken 12pm, Voodoo Rooms. @ajlondemandis a natural storyteller.
iamfionasord it’s me
@ajlondemand left wanting more.
robinince Robin Ince
recommended midday show on free fringe Cold Chicken at Voodoo Rooms by andrew j lederer , he deserves your attention
DrBobChoco Andrew Wilson
Went to see @ajlondemand’s very funny Cold Chicken today. You should go tomorrow – 12:05 Voodoo Rooms #edfringe
the_bd_aye Brian Devlin
Going to the #edfringe? Go and see @ajlondemand @ZaltzCricket @Herring1967 @friskynmannish @glennwool @mrtonylaw – don’t argue – do it
RT @ajlondemand: Made @fringereview venue by venue list of top shows at this year’s Fringe. bit.ly/nIxxvK #coldchicken #edfringe
11 August 2011 8:45AM
I can’t see a mention of “9/11” by Andrew J Lederer, which is on every day at 5pm at the Royal Mile Tavern as part of the Free Fringe (the venue is wrong on the Free Fringe site but correct in the paper program).
It’s a beautiful hour of interaction and jokes with an amazing storyteller, whose 9/11 stories, jokes and anecdotes constantly shift from the very small to the very big and then back again.
Stefania Pilla08 August
This is a very good, very intimate show with some accomplished storytelling.
“After a quick turnaround I headed to Edinburgh with Harry, where we saw 12 comedy shows in under 48 hours. Heaven. They were: Tony Law, Robin Ince and Michael Legge, The Gentleman’s Review, Michael Legge, Tim Key, The Horne Section, Andrew J. Lederer, Tiernan Douieb, Simon Munnery, Tara Flynn, Josie Long, Richard Herring, and I recommend every single one of them.”