|More of Colt doing live stuff in front of an improv crowd this week|
Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein
Show: Art of Wrestling
Run Time: 1:08:07
Guest: John Hastings, Jack Jester, Billy Kirkwood, Chris Brooker
Summary: We’re still at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. After a short monologue, Colt opens with comedian John Hastings (7:16) before moving to ICW Champion Jack Jester (27:42). As usual, the show ends with some wrestling-based improvisational comedy (53:52).
Quote of the week: “I don’t believe that anybody hasn’t got a fetish. Everybody likes something. What do you like? Anything. High heels? … If you don’t keep secrets, it can’t come back and bite you in the ass. There’s nothing to be ashamed of. If you’re into something that’s not illegal, obviously, then who cares? Just be yourself.” — Jester
Why you should listen: If you’re a fan of the typical Art of Wrestling, Cabana (eventually) does a good job interviewing Jester. They talk about the impact of the BBC documentary about Insane Championship Wrestling as well as the usual exploration of the wrestler’s path into the squared circle. Hastings does bring the funny in spots and is clearly a very serious fan and has been for some time.
Why you should skip it: You might find yourself frustrated with the way the live crowd affects the Jester interview — it’s obvious listening to this segment how much better Cabana is at probing his subjects’ minds when there’s no live audience to please. Likewise, Hastings is much likely a better performer doing his own comedy bits than trying to just be the funny guy in an interview setting. And the improv games at the end fall absolutely flat.
Final thoughts: One more week of the Fringe Festival before Cabana gets back stateside and into his regular routine. Between the hacking (beyond his control) and four weeks of live shows, it’s been a rough patch for the Art of Wrestling. Hopefully Cabana is recharged creatively by the break from form, but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn other regular listeners are itching for more of the old standards.