So I went to see Eoin Colfer’s “Fairies, Fiends and Flatulence” this past Saturday and have to say that it was great fun. It is an enormously entertaining one-man show complete with video, slides, stories, and stand-up schtick. The bus loomed outside on 112th Street (and Beth Puffer, the Bank Street Book Store manager, told me that if they hadn’t been able to find a spot there she suggested they park it in front of the nearby Cathedral of St. John the Divine). I was really impressed with Colfer’s command of the audience (mostly kids and parents), making it funny for all ages. For the Q & A Mo Willems and Jon Scieszka ran about the auditorium bringing mikes to the questioners and providing commentary. Great questions from serious fans. The kid questioner behind me had a handmade name tag identifying him as “LEP Official” with the code below. The only one I managed to write down:
Q: How do you plan out the Artemis Fowl books?
A: I go down to Philip Pullman’s house and go through his trash.
If you get a chance to see this show go! And if you can’t, do go to the website as they vlogged the whole tour. The August 1 video includes the standing ovation we were asked to give before the show started; according to Eoin the cameraman was leaving for a date so wouldn’t be there to do it at the end. Fortunately there was a more legit one at the actual end!