Beat The Frog took an odd turn tonight. I was with him. He's a nice bloke.
Unlike my girlfriend I really enjoy Beat The Frog. I think she's just reaching the end of her energy levels on a Monday night and has less sympathy for comedians who are occasionally really bad at what they're trying to do. From my point of view I enjoy the excitement of acts who aren't quite sure what they're doing. Or, perhaps more interestingly, why they are doing it.
I like the anarchy element.
Well, there was plenty of that tonight. As I said, I was sitting with a comedian who specialises in "controversial" material. Now, let me lay my cards on the table here; I DON'T THINK I'VE EVER BEEN OFFENDED BY ANYTHING. EVER. Seriously. Some people are surprised by this statement and challenge it by simply not believing me. But, honestly, I find it really hard to engage with the world enough that I can actually be genuinely offended by something. It's not that I don't understand, it's that I don't care*.
I get annoyed by things and experience all the emotions that everyone else in the world does, I just don't get offended by words. That's all.
Anyway, this guy who I'm sat with gets onstage and does some material about concentration camps which incensed the DJ who helps run the event so much that he steps in and plays music over the top of him. "Wha?" says the comedian. "Get off the stage" booms back the voice of the DJ. "Walk!" he commands.
Blimey. Now there's a whole bunch of issues! I didn't know what to make of it and still don't to be honest. The irony is that I have the whole thing on tape but no use for it. It's on my mobile phone as I offered to film it for him. The only bit missing is the final few seconds where he left the stage. I really have no use for it though. I can't YouTube it as that'd be a breach of trust and it doesn't show anyone in a particularly great light. It's just sat there on my phone. It was odd to hear the discussions in the room as they called an interval and people debated with each other what they'd just seen.
Oddly I'm still firm in my conviction that Beat The Frog is my favourite Manchester comedy night. It's so f#cking random you've no idea what's going to go on. This night just adds to its appeal. I feel a little sorry for the bloke who was cut off though, he was getting some really big laughs, I've got them here on my phone!
*B#stardised Homer Simpson quote. Full version: "Just because I don't care doesn't mean to say I don't understand".