Every August, crowds flock to the world’s largest arts festival, which takes place over a three-week period in Edinburgh. This year, thousands of artists once more take to the stage, showcasing their musical, theatrical and comedic talents. The Edinburgh Festival gives fans a chance to see big names in the flesh, as well as becoming more familiar with lesser-known artists. For many, the festival raises profiles and builds careers, and for York’s own comedian Rob Auton, this is definitely the case.
Auton has been forming his unique brand of stand up since 2008 and stole the attentions of Channel 4′s Random Acts series (here) last year; with his beat style stand up poetry he relies on dialect and phrasing to create a style rather unique to himself.
Auton’s idiosyncratic journey from paint brush salesman to full time comedian has propelled him into the comedic limelight, following the success of his performance The Yellow Show in 2012. Auton once again takes to the stage at this year’s Fringe with The Sky Show, a performance described as ‘a strange and magical experience’; one that has seen his festival gag beat the likes of former champion Marcus Brigstocke to create the festival’s funniest one liner:
“I heard a rumour that Cadbury is bringing out an oriental chocolate bar. Could be a Chinese Wispa.”
Auton then took to social media to express his delight.
Wahaaay my joke about Wispas got me this elephant. Thanks to Dave and David and anyone else with a name that voted. pic.twitter.com/hP0H0haRrk
— Rob Auton (@RobertAuton) August 20, 2013
The Sky Show is on at The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh until 24 Aug (not 13), 4.00pm