Jay & Silent Bob Do Edinburgh

Two guys talk about everything and nothing at the same time.

The man once deemed “Too Fat To Fly” and a man dubbed “Hurricane Mewes” sat on a stage talking to each other, for two hours. Doesn’t sound like much of a show, but damn if it wasn’t one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen live and in the flesh.

I’ll be open here – I listen the Smodcast Internet Radio network like a disciple. I dig the attitude, and the freedom of the hosts to riff on whatever they want, so I knew exactly what I was getting into. Jay & Silent Bob Get Old is introduced by Kevin Smith as the middle age part of the Jay & Silent Bob saga.

Essentially built around an idea Smith had to keep reformed addict Jason Mewes on the straight and narrow (his sobriety has reached 695 days at show time) the show has no real set structure. Kevin and Jay sit behind nondescript desks, and talk to each other.

There’s more to it than that, of course. The aforementioned Hurricane Mewes was in full effect; prancing round the stage in his kilt; miming riding a horse, jumping up and down seemingly at random and doing all manner of phallic replacement exercises with his mic, Mewes ensured that the night was never boring.

Kevin Smith has an obvious love for Mewes, and a dry wit that makes even Mewes more sordid tales of addiction seem a little less dark. You get the feeling that eventually, there’s a hell of a chat show host hiding inside Kevin Smith, as he drove the chat for two hours without being overbearing or steamrollering his will onto the proceedings.

For all that, it has to be said – Jason Mewes is a total and utter star. The man is a juggernaut on stage. Some of his observations about “castles and shit” are either childlike or genius depending on your point of view, and his attempts to speak in a Scottish accent by simply adding “motherfuckaaaaaaaaa!” was a thing of beauty.

Mewes doesn’t just talk, he performs. He takes what he’s saying and makes it into a little play with his actions. It’s impossible to take your eyes off him when he’s in full flight, as he is in the show’s only regular feature, the closing game of “LET US FUCK!” – featuring Mewes and members of the audience enacting made up sexual positions to porno music, Mewes is shameless and unrelenting in his stage presence.

Kevin Smith may be the ringmaster of the Smodcast circus, but Mewes is far and away the star turn. Smith has always said that the show has morphed into Jason’s own little star vehicle, and he’s right. For two hours, two best friends had a conversation that they invited the public to listen too. It shouldn’t work… but it did.

If you get a chance, check out Jay & Silent Bob live on stage, or over at http://www.Smodcast.com – you won’t be disappointed.

Author: Tony

I am... I'm me. I will, you'll see. Or... you know, I might not. Depends if it's raining or not, and there might be a cool flick on TV.

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