While many comics toil with Edinburgh’s hot damp comedy rooms, John Hastings thrives. The accomplished Canadian was unfazed by the torridity of the Pleasance Courtyard basement, only complaining when outside noises like sirens or balloons popping felt like distant hallucinations.
What starts off as the story of how Hastings was involved in a hit-and-run which left him with a broken elbow soon encompasses other tales and tangents, like when he killed a pigeon or got covered with unexpected bodily fluids during a night of passion. There are intimate secrets told to us as friends, and there are angry rants about the current political situations in the UK and the States. The core narrative is somewhat flexible, but Hastings is in complete control. The material is sometimes crude and some audience interactions weren’t always rewarding, but Hastings was cool under pressure.
Float Like a Butterfly, John Hastings Like a Bee is a solid hour of stand-up with some truly devastating lines that come out of nowhere. Well worth braving the heat for.