Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Bob Slayer: Fat Jockey, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick
This is a jolly hour in the company of a man who really knows how to tell a story. This one is about his time as a jockey. And it is not just fascinating because seeing Slayer as a jockey is quite a workout for the imagination but because there are great insights into the world of racing.
He wanted to be a jockey when he was eleven. At sixteen he started a “special diet” to make sure he made the weight. There is a video of one of his rides that is, he tells us, used to teach jockeys what not to do and he was widely regarded as the “shit horse specialist” of his day. But he loved being a jockey and we on the top deck of his Blundabus loved him loving being a jockey. When, finally, worn out by pee pills, lack of food and multiple visits to the hospital, he gives up racing we all feel sad for him. An hour with Slayer is a Fringe experience not to be missed.
Heroes @ Bob’s Blundabus (VENUE 212), until 29 August, 11pm
Published in The Scotsman on 25 August 2015
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