COMEDY – Joel Sanders: Hero Worship at The Counting House


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How many people have dreamed of meeting their idols? Well, Joel Sanders has lived that dream several times over.

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Sharing his memoirs of meeting some of his personal comedy and music heroes, Sanders talks of experiences most would kill to have in his own friendly, funny little way.

Mixing it up by telling a different set of stories each time, Sanders has enough tales to keep an audience happily entertained for hours. Featuring celebrities such as Billy Connelly, Jim

Davidson and Hugh Cornwell from the Stranglers, the show was like a conversation in a pub and a celebrity magazine rolled into one.

Sanders talked to the audience, not as a host of a show, but as an old friend or very good acquaintance as he shared experiences about shaking hands and having drinks with his idols.

There were two stories that stood out in the show’s collection: the story of how he met Jim Davidson and the story of how his career went a bit sideways while meeting one of his comedy heroes.

While Davidson is infamous for being a controversial figure, that didn’t make Sanders’ story any less enjoyable. The part where Davidson brought a restaurant to a standstill just by saying hello to someone was enough to make anyone at least smile, regardless of their opinion of him.

The other story was basically a meeting with one of Sanders’ heroes that went wrong after Sanders took a joke too far with a member of the audience. However, the best part of that story was the strange twist of fate at the end (No spoilers, though).

Full of fun, humour and celebrities, there was little about this charming show not to enjoy.

Sanders really does have some great stories. Let’s hope he’ll come back to Edinburgh next year with more.