Live drawing sessions at Fringe have been a mainstay, however not many sessions are offered with live comedians.
For the uninitiated, Laugh Mob promises artists a new comedian each week; this session had Kyle Legacy and Ruven Govender (both men are currently appearing in various shows across Fringe). Legacy was hilarious but consistently twitchy (even for the 20 second rounds) - not ideal for a ‘proper’ life drawing model but still fun to draw nonetheless. Govender fared slightly better at keeping still for the final 5 minute drawing sessions.
During the drawing sessions, artists are thrown various challenges by the host Sam Kissajukian. This session included surrealist, cubist/Picasso style and animal challenges. Kissajukian was very good at getting audience interaction; one tricky challenge involved getting the audience to throw our positive words about Legacy for a hair drawing challenge.
Throughout the performance, a person came around with a camera to artists and their artworks featured on a slideshow towards the end of the performance. Not everyone will get their artworks featured; something that varies depending on the live drawing organisers.
The only negative was the model positioning on stage typically favoured those up the front. At times it was hard to see the models, not just due to movement, but the stage was a bit low.
Overall, for a drawing session it was a fun concept and not taking itself too seriously. Decent drawing materials (clipboard, spare pencils and A4 paper) were also supplied by the performers prior to commencing.