A gloomy sort of day yesterday, thunderstorms and everything. I got my audience into the room, started the show, and the heavens burst — it sounded like rain on a car roof. You know, quietly lulling, which I suppose isn’t the best audience for a comedy show. They were quiet but nice, a ‘smiler’ crowd (we all have those). But after the show I had two women come up to me, both older. And we just talked about the stuff in the show; the ultra-serious bits. It’s excellent when people seriously engage with it, and when there’s a sense that maybe they’ll continue to think about it afterwards.
I popped into Ong Gie again, for japchae this time (glass noodles — made from mung bean starch; better than it sounds, promise), and I got chatting to the owner. I hope this place succeeds, they’re lovely, but Korean is an unknown element here. I’m sure the students provide a fair amount of business but July and even August must be quiet (if it’s a choice between a kebab and Korean on a drunken stumble, the kebab will always win).
It’s difficult to stay healthy during the festival, which is kind of why Ong Gie is a good thing. They’re quite into vegetables. I’m sure most comics will try a bit and go — what’s that strange plant-like taste in my mouth? It seems hauntingly familiar. In the past it was Susie’s Wholefood’s Diner that saved all of our lives, but that closed down a few months ago. Too bad, that was the first place I ever visited in Edinburgh (not during the festival), probably 7 years ago now.