Must Watch Fringe Show: The Wrestling with Max & Ivan
Tim Clark6 August 2011
The sweat is set to pour off some of Edinburgh's finest comedians later this month when they take a break from the comedy cauldron of their own Fringe shows to embark on a simple pleasure; throwing oneself at an opponent in a wrestling ring.
Comedy duo Max and Ivan have concocted what is set to be the most unique show at the Fringe this year after thinking up the idea of mixing professional wrestlers with comedians for one night only.
As the show's promotion reveals, 'Edinburgh Fringe will be turned upside-down, as punch-lines meet clotheslines in an epic and extraordinary battle of Good versus Evil'.
Max Olesker, one half of Max and Ivan, has a rich pedigree in the sport, having been the youngest pro wrestler in the UK when he was only 15.
SSP is genuinely excited about the prospect of seeing not only Max and Ivan, but Brendan Burns, Russell Kane, Abandoman, Andrew Maxwell, Rich Fulcher and Colin Hoult swap punchlines for punchbags at the Pleasance Grand.
Every comedian, whether wrestling or not, will have role to play in proceedings.
Speaking about the event Ivan said: “We'd just done a show at the Pleasance and we were chatting about the idea of a comedy wrestling match with Ryan Taylor (comedy programmer at the Pleasance Theatre) and some other comedians.
“They got excited and the ball started rolling from there. We pestered Ryan about it some more the next day and he said "Let’s do this but if we do it, let’s make it big and let's make it amazing."
Wrestling fan Brendan Burns, who was one of the first comedians to put his name to the show, said: “Wrestling and stand up are a natural marriage. They are the only two art forms where the performers adjust what they are doing based on audience response.
"I'm not doing a show at Edinburgh this year but I'm heading up just for this. I'm thrilled to be involved.”
Joining the comedians in the ring will be international sensation ‘The Man That Gravity Forgot’ PAC, “The Star Attraction” Mark Haskins, Dan “The Hammer” Head and Max Olesker will be wrestling once again as Max Voltage “The Human Dynamo”.