Play: Funny in Real Life: Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh, 2019
Rob Rouse is a very funny stand-up comedian from Yorkshire who I have seen several times over the years. As I sat in my seat at the Gilded Balloon, he bound onto the stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at 11am in the morning to start his set. He covered every subject in his routine from sex to family and home life and was prone to oversharing with the audience. Unbeknown to me, after about ten minutes into his act his wife Helen Rutter was sitting next to me, got up and interrupted his set. As she made a noise from her seat, I thought the woman was ill or wanted to leave the room, but she was angry with her husband and joined him on stage to object about being ridiculed by his jokes.
Both extremely likeable performers, Rob Rouse (stand-up comedian) and Helen Rutter (actor and writer) are real-life husband and wife. Funny in Real Life deconstructed the art form of a stand-up comedian in a very clever, honest, thought-provoking and extremely funny way. By the end of the hour, they received a well-deserved standing ovation from the very enthused lunchtime crowd after creating and starring in one of my favourite Edinburgh Fringe shows of 2019.