2015 Edinburgh Fringe

Markus Birdman - Grimm Realities

  • Comedy (55 minutes)
Markus Birdman - Grimm Realities. Markus Birdman

Growing up, my preacher man father made me draw Bible stories. I don't remember the stories, but I draw great. My previous shows had short jokes, and tall stories. I thought it was high time to combine these with my drawings. Especially since Rolf Harris left a gap in the market. A modern day comedic and visual take on those Grimm's classics: Cinderella, Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood. A reality-tale for the 21st century. A children's fable for adults. 'Probably the most absorbing show I have seen. Completely spellbinding' **** (Chortle.co.uk).



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Press articles

Markus Birdman's portraits of Fringe comics

Comedian and artist Birdman drew us these exclusive portraits of funny Fringe people.

Rebecca Monks, The List, 25th August 2015

Amused Moose Comedy Awards Top 10 revealed

Details on the 10 shows involved in the Amused Moose Awards 2015.

British Comedy Guide, 21st August 2015

The hottest comedians at the Fringe.

Right now, if you have half an interest in Edinburgh comedy, you will be inundated with tips and advice about who to see. This guide is a bit more straightforward. It used to be that male comedians were unkempt and overweight, much of the reason why they were so unlucky in love. Now, quite a lot of them are hot. Here is a selection....

Paul Sinha, 9th August 2015

James Acaster: my top Edinburgh comedy picks

From a 12-year-old standup to a show all about water, Kettering's finest comic talks us through the acts he's most excited to see at this year's fringe.

James Acaster, The Guardian, 7th August 2015

Markus Birdman answers 10 Edinburgh Fringe Questions

Markus Birdman is looking forward to some great pizza at this year's Fringe. But also, not.

British Comedy Guide, 4th August 2015

Paul Sinha's Edinburgh tips

It is that time of year again, when people give you their considered advice on who you should go and see at the Edinburgh Fringe, whilst carefully hiding their real reasons for plugging the shows.

Paul Sinha, 20th July 2015

More details

Fresh from the Melbourne and New Zealand Comedy Festivals and a run at the Soho Theatre, acclaimed comedian, Markus Birdman returns to Edinburgh with Grimm Realities - a live illustrated collection of children's fables for adults and other reality tales for the 21st century.

As a teenager, Markus Birdman's father made him draw Bible stories. This developed into a skill for drawing that he is now combining with his short jokes and tall stories to create a spellbinding experience. Taking as a starting point The Grimm's Fairytales of Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood, Markus has rewritten and illustrated these classics to fit his personal narrative as the father of a ten year old girl. The result is not only a masterclass in art but a show that hilariously reflects his thoughts on religion, sexuality, relationships & talking to your children about the birds and the bees. His father's bible stories have been of no use to him, but he hopes these modern day tales will be of use to his daughter as she enters into the choppy waters of her own teens.

Grimm Realities follows neatly on from Birdman's previous autobiographic shows 2B Or Not To Be, Son Of A Preacher Man, Sympathy For The Devil, Dreaming, Love, Life & Death, One Step Beyond and Happily Ever After.

Markus has performed stand-up all over the world from New Zealand and Australia to Thailand and Singapore as well as being a regular at The Comedy Store in London. He has toured with Paul Sinha, Francesca Martinez and Noel Fielding and recently created original murals as part of Mark Watson's 25-hour show and 27-hour show for Comic Relief. In 2014, Markus received a nomination for Best International Act from the New Zealand Comedy Guild. He was also named one of Time Out's Top Ten Comedians 2013 having previously made the finals of the BBC New Comedy Awards, The Daily Telegraph Open Mic and Leicester Comedy Festival New Act of the Year. His TV and radio credits include How Not To Live Your Life (BBC Three), The NZ Comedy Gala (TV3), Loose Ends (BBC Radio 4) and his comedy special Live from Toomler, Amsterdam has been featured on Netflix.

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