I have been thinking about fear and bravery a lot lately. Not sure why. It is much harder for me to walk across a room and introduce myself to someone I don't know than it is for me to get on a plane and go to a country where I do not speak the language and talk with local taxi drivers there. I was just in Cuba on a people-to-people contact visa to meet Cuban artists and see their work (I'll post some photos and a little write-up on the performances I saw when I was there). I was walking through one of the rougher neighborhoods with some friends. A guy started sexually harassing me and I mouthed off to him in Spanish (a language I don't actually speak). Where that bravado came from I do not know. I did get a laugh out of a Cuban woman who heard me do it. I love a little international comic validation.
But on the scale of brave vs. coward I am decidedly on the cowardly side of the spectrum. I'll eat spleen in a first world country but I turned down eating brain in a third world country. It's just how I roll.
I tend to put Daniel Kitson in the brave category. Even though he is already taking a new stand-up comedy show to the Fringe, he has announced a new theater show for the Edinburgh Fringe this season called: As of 1.52pm GMT on Friday April 27th 2012, This Show Has No Title.
Even without a title, it is described as an 80 minute show that Kitson has not yet written. Let that sink in for a minute. His recent email about it said "I really don’t know what this
show will be yet. I
will think about it in June, write it in July and Perform it in August." So he's actually announced a new 80 minute show that he has not even thought about yet. Who does that? Is he not being challenged enough in life? Is this his Olympic event? The write-a-play-in-a-month hurdles? He makes us all look like creative slackers.
Fact: Daniel Kitson has the biggest balls of anyone I know.* I have, of course, purchased a ticket to this work. Or maybe two tickets.
*For the record no actual ball measuring was conducted to support this statement. Whether or not this is a fact will remain a mystery--as it should be with Le Kitson.