Edinburgh Fringe Preview: Rob Auton

Daniel Kitson has called Rob Auton "entirely compelling to watch". What more recommendation do you need? Auton is a cross between a minstrel and a poet whose shows are dreamy thought bubbles about aspects of the world that fascinate him. This year's show is about sleep. He has previously done shows about the colour yellow, the sky and faces, but if you know his name already it is probably because of me. In 2013 I had an hour to kill in Edinburgh and wandered into a free taster package next door to my hotel. Auton did a ten minute set which included the gag: "I heard a rumour that Cadbury is bringing out an oriental chocolate bar. Could be a Chinese Wispa." I nominated it for Dave's Joke of the Fringe and it won. It's not a typical Auton line but the prize money meant he could do more of the kind of show he likes doing. And it's nice to hear that Daniel Kitson likes them too.

Rob Auton is at the Bloomsbury Theatre Studio tonight with Mark-Cooper Jones, tickets here, and at the Banshee Labyrinth from Aug 6 - 28, info here.

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