As Altitude 2012 enters its final evening, it’s hard to deny the sense of community that has grown between the festival-goers, Altitude staff and the comics.
Wednesday was another amazing day of comedy… The improv boys proved why they’re the best in the biz with another great performance in the Piste Takers Inn which was then prepared for The Cuban Brothers’ show later that evening (YES FRIENDS!). Not that anyone could ever really be prepared for the Cubans. The room filled, Kengo threw shapes and Miguel stripped off (as he has done at many a Snowbombing..)
Then we were on to the comed-athon. Three MCs, three sections and another incredible line up. The GetComedy crew smashed it, with great performances from Tiernan Douieb, Tiff Stevenson, Matt Reed and an absolute blinder from the awesome Benny Boot. Phil Nichol, Craig Campbell, Carl Donnelly, Andrew Maxwell, Kevin Bridges, Ben Norris and the insanely good Terry Alderton delivered an amazing show in the Top Secret space of the Europahaus.
Thursday night’s Gala show featured performances from Craig Campbell, Rufus Hound, Andrew Maxwell, Marcus Brigstocke, Phill Jupitus and Tim Minchin. As we’ve grown accustomed to, the night was a great success! Between stories of Craig’s morphine madness, Maxwell’s kidnapping and Rufus deciding he would pick up from where he left off last night in today’s show, Minchin’s musical skills were the only way to bring it to a close. The crowd swarmed in to the Late Late Show afterward all a’buzz with his charm.
The late show saw Terry Alderton wake an audience member in the front row and throw him on stage with the simple direction ‘Now be funny!’. Chairs were thrown and fire extinguishers wheeled out on trolleys. That’s the kind of night we had and that’s the kind of night everyone wanted. The fab Tiernan Douieb, Andre Vincent and Terry Alderton opened the first half, followed by compere Matt Reed, Andi Osho and Benny Boot for the second. The final two shows will take place tonight, with a comedy marathon gala show this evening from 7pm and another late show to close the festival!
Photography by Anthony Upton