As I entered the venue, the rather loud and, I thought, speaking a little bit out of turn, sound and lighting guy welcomed us in and told us to turn off our phones whilst he got excited when he changed the lighting on the stage to reveal the Patopotamoose head on the microphone stand. Eventually I realised that the Sound and lighting guy was not a sound and lighting guy but was actually Pat Burtscher messing around. He continued to mess around by singing the Patopotamoose theme tune in beat to the light changes then clambered over the seats down to the stage. As soon as a latecomer came in – he ran back up and started the whole thing again, which made me giggle uncontrollably.
What is a Patopotamoose? Who cares, but he had a massive costume made of what he thinks one looks like and I got the wear the head, it wasn’t to humour him either, five minutes in he had already got me into a pretty silly and quite giggly mood. This is kind of what his whole show is like - who cares that what he’s saying doesn’t make sense – they’re his insights and it is how he would change the world and you will find yourself agreeing with him (once you have thrown all your logic out the window) particularly his view on “assholes”, Pat does not like “assholes”.
The audience that evening was pretty small, but Pat was in no way disheartened and came into his own by chatting to all (nine) of us which then got us to accept his silly views even more. His unrehearsed stuff is his best, it shows that he is in comedy not necessarily for his wit (although he does have wit), but for being a little bit, how do I say it, abnormal?
Pat Burtscher’s Patopotamoose
Until 27 August (not 14), 20:30
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