2014 Edinburgh Fringe

The Human Loire

The Human Loire. Michael Brunström
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32: Cowgatehead

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Calling all sensation seekers! Michael Brunström, part man, part longest river in France and winner of the 2013 Gareth Morinan Alternative New Act of the Year Award, performs a selection of weird and astonishing alternative comedy stunts for your bewilderment and delight. 'For proper alternative, we have to turn to Michael Brunström... Big, bold and dumb, this is precisely the sort of thing that should be in an alternative new act showcase. First place!' (Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk). 'Wonderfully absurd' (LondonIsFunny.com).

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Calling all sensation seekers! Michael Brunström, part man, part longest river in France and winner of the 2013 Gareth Morinan Alternative New Act of the Year Award, performs a selection of weird and astonishing alternative comedy stunts during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for your bewilderment and delight.

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Michael Brunström, winner of the Gareth Morinan Alternative New Act of the Year Award 2013, will perform an impersonation of the River Loire in France as part of his one-man absurdist variety show.

The Human Loire is making its debut appearance at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as part of the newly formed La Favorita Freestival.

The impersonation is just one of Brunström's many outlandish and lyrical alternative comedy stunts. These include a 'Homage to Sir Alexander Fleming', in which he chews the legs off a heron. In 'The Canterbury Tales' he eats Rice Krispies (with milk) out of his pants. In 'The Mystery of Fennel', he invites the audience to join in the dance of the giant fennel bulb in the sky. In 'Gargling the Gettysbury Address whilst Nailing Grapes to Ted Cruz's Face', he gargles the Gettysburg Address whilst nailing grapes to Ted Cruz's face.
The show culminates in the astonishing 'The Human Loire', in which Brunström represents the longest river in France physically on stage, using only his body, his voice, and his imagination. This is impossible to describe using words.

Michael Brunström is a comedy improviser and performer, who was mentored by the maverick theatrical genius Ken Campbell. Since 2008 he has created a series of improvised shows in London, including the Curt Hatred Trilogy, the Improvised Greek Tragedy and Luke & Michael. He currently performs improvised shows with Storybag and The Inflatables, whilst constantly developing his solo act. He has performed at the Soho Theatre with the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, The Weirdos, Cabarera, Lost Cabaret, The Idiot Factory, and many more. He is based in London.

Performances

Date Time Venue
16th Aug 13:00 Cowgatehead
17th Aug 13:00 Cowgatehead
18th Aug 13:00 Cowgatehead
19th Aug 13:00 Cowgatehead
20th Aug 13:00 Cowgatehead
21st Aug 13:00 Cowgatehead
22nd Aug 13:00 Cowgatehead
23rd Aug 13:00 Cowgatehead
24th Aug 13:00 Cowgatehead
25th Aug 13:00 Cowgatehead

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