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Jim Tavare


Venue:The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street Edinburgh EH8 9DD
Phone: 0131 667 7533
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Ballroom
AUG 2-12, 14-26 at 16:15 (60 min)
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From Deadpan to Bedpan - A light hearted look at trauma.

In 2017 BAFTA winner, double bass player, comedian and Harry Potter actor was involved in a near fatal head-on automobile collision in the hills of Los Angeles.

This is the story of a life changing experience. He sustained 23 broken bones, 2 collapsed lungs and a detached hand. He was told it’s was unlikely he’d be able to play the bass again and he’d be left with a permanent limp.

But dont worry, it's a comedy show!

For the purposes of the performance his trademark white tie and tails and double bass have been replaced with hospital pyjamas and a bedpan.

‘Harry Potter actor and his dog in serious road accident in Los Angeles’ - The Sun
‘Comedian misses his show in Clacton-On-Sea’. - East Anglia Times

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August 22, 2018  The Scotsman
Returning to the Fringe for the first time in 20 years, Jim Tavaré has a compelling tale to share, his near-miraculous escape from a serious road accident in Los Angeles.

With no real memory of the incident, he’s nevertheless crafted an appealing yarn, beginning with a brief introduction to a performer who was once a deadpan mainstay of the UK comedy circuit, before breaking into television and movies on both sides of the Atlantic.

Relating the events that led up to his crash in March last year, his horrific, multi­faceted injuries and slow, painful recovery are an altogether more amusing affair than someone who almost died three times in hospital has a right to command. There are touching moments, as when Tavaré is reunited with his dog, and when he realises the esteem his fellow comics hold him in, organising benefits in the UK and US for his astronomical medical bills. Still, he seems justifiably peeved that a tour he was booked on referenced his crash in its advertising. Straightforwardly descriptive for the most part, Bedpan doesn’t push the boundaries of storytelling. But Tavaré has grasped a new career from death’s doorstep. Click Here

August 19, 2018  The List
A long-awaited return is a triumph albeit one fuelled by trauma.

Jim Tavaré – maybe better known to some as the tall comedian from the 90s in the smart penguin suit, who used to do stand-up next to his double bass – has a story to tell. He makes that clear from the get-go: his new show is less about jokes and more about a painful, cathartic tale. Without giving away too many spoilers, Tavaré had a near fatal car accident last year, and it didn't look like he would be able to walk, never mind play double bass again ('I couldn't play it in the first place', is his deadpan aside).

The Harry Potter movie actor, and co-writer of The Sketch Show with Ronni Ancona and others, moved to LA eight years ago, so is able to weave in personal bits about his home life, his rescue dog, and his wedding in Vegas before he gets to the bone-crunching details of his crash. Tavaré knows some of the details are gory, not to mention harrowing (his medical bill alone was nearly $900,000, he explains, which is why he's back working on the Fringe, after last visiting in 1998).

But rather than forcing an extreme episode of A&E Live down his audience's throat, he chucks in regular laughs 'for release', as he puts it. As the show goes on, the laughs quieten for his decent material, as the sucker punch of his real-life disaster kicks in. But he manages to keep a healthy balance of comedy and confession, with a nice few plugs for the NHS and California's progressive policies on medicinal marijuana in there too. A matter-of-fact look at how this unstarry comic nearly checked out, but ended up accidentally bumping up his celebrity profile on IMDb instead. Click Here

August 10, 2018  Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
Jim Tavare, who you may recognise beneath the handlebar moustache as Harry Potter’s Tom, innkeeper of the Leaky Cauldron, returns to Fringe after a 20-year hiatus, this time ditching his signature double bass act.
Instead, Tavaré returns with a mission and a story to tell. The inciting incident was a near-fatal car wreck after an errand to the hardware store for, in one of life’s cruel absurdities, supplies for a DIY chicken coop. “There’s a show in this,” Tavaré remembers thinking among the wreckage. After hearing of his fractured femur, severed hand, and six-figure medical bills, one can forgive him for trying to milk this tragedy for all its worth.

Tavaré relies heavily on PowerPoint as a visual aid, flipping through slides of x-ray photos, stitched up limbs, and the kind of vaguely-boring pet photos every dog lover has a whole album of on their iPhone. At times, this lends a similar feeling to having to sit through a relative’s meandering recount of a recent holiday. The careful preparation of images also tends to take away from the pretence of spontaneity in stand-up, and makes the accompanying quips feel overly calculated.

That being said, Tavaré holds the audience by finding humour in the details, such as the chicken wire imprint on his head after the accident or the unexpected perk of a boosted IMDB search score (two points above Ralph Fiennes, he notes).

Nearing the end and buried in a predictable segment on lessons learned and newfound gratitude, an unsung hero suddenly emerges. After a harrowing run-down of the price of healthcare in America, Tavaré concludes with “all I can say is… [slide change] Long live the NHS!” Blindsided, the room erupts in applause. Click Here

August 7, 2018 The Scotsman
Interview: Jim Tavaré staging Fringe return with darker routine
Comedian Jim Tavaré’s act used to be built around a tuxedo and a double bass, but on his return to the Fringe after a break of 20 years the theme of his show has taken on a darker tone, writes Kate Copstick Anyone who was around the comedy scene in the 1980s and 90s knows Jim Tavaré. The one who looked like the Addams Family’s manservant Lurch in a tux and had a double act with a double bass. In a loud comedy world, Tavaré was quietly hilarious. But hilarity had never been the plan.

Read more at: https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/edinburgh-festivals/interview-jim-tavare-staging-fringe-return-with-darker-routine-1-4779843 Click Here

August 3, 2018  One4Review
It seemed for a number of years, albeit a decade or two ago, that the distinctive presence of Jim Tavare was on every poster board around Edinburgh, dressed in his tail suit in tandem with the inevitable double bass and this together with his delightful deadpan delivery style and well-constructed material enabled him to sell out his venues on a regular basis. He hasn’t performed at the Fringe since 1998, but he is back his year and even at this early stage of this year’s run it is obvious that the years haven’t blunted his charismatic presence.
The suit and bass are no longer in evidence, but as he relates the tale of the trauma that has occurred in his life recently who cares? His story, well-crafted and compellingly delivered as only he can, had this audience hanging on his every word, and the accompanying AV added to illustrate some of the events along the way.
There are plenty of his style of humour woven into the story as one would expect, yet one could not call it a gag fest. In this all too quick hour it’s the story and the man himself that are the selling points and make it a show not to be missed. Click Here

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