Bitter Twitter-Fringe Review ***Sam & Gavin Khan-McIntyre Edinburgh Reporter

kearns 3Bitterly disappointed serial twitterer shares his angst and rails at the celebrities who won’t return his unsuitably provocative messages, exposing the meaninglessness of celebrity culture and the followers who are obsessed with them. It all comes to a head as the wannabe celebrity realises the extent of his obsession, which amounts to 14,000 tweets, including 3,000 desperate messages to one presenter, asking if he has a friendly face.

Kearns does indeed have a friendly face, as he bounces on stage despite having a cold. Although there are only 15 people in the audience they generate a lot of laughs, one which was so hard that it lead to a strange snorting noise. The performance was very well-researched, with ridiculous posts by himself and the celebrities.

Evans began to uncover the meaninglessness of celebrities who write about odd socks, as a tweet on this topic by Stephen Fry  popped up on the screen behind him. Even mundane cups of coffee (Gok Wan) are given a new lease of life through retweets, as the culture is perpetuated by the followers whose self – esteem issues lead them to feel as though these people could add glamour to their lives.

Kearns commented that Twitter is “bulls***  and also expressed the view that anyone who feels the need for this kind of validation from a famous person needs to do some soul searching to realise their own self-esteem issues.

In this hilarious performance, celebrity tweets are shown to be what they really are, and how they acquire a certain symbolism of god- like proportions. The effect of this hero-worship was evidenced in a picture of Evans’ flat, which had deteriorated into slum – like grottiness through neglect.

Some of his tongue in cheek tweets were on display to the audience and were controversial enough to get some replies, and his following increased,  if only by the count of one. Thus taking the total up to 51.

What Kearns fails to mention is that much of what these famous poeple put on-line might be PR, doctored for public consumption in order to portray a certain image, or brand.

Kearns said  that after posting his own versions of their “fine racialist art” to the Ku Klux Klan, they messaged him back telling him to “Stop it”. He took a step back and, after examining his 14,000 messages to celebrities, admits it’s not how real life should be lived.

Despite all this, has he really taken the advice of the Ku Klux Klan and has he learned his lesson? He feels the need to validate himself as a celebrity and  also the audience with his blue tick of validation.  However, do people really need this, and be known as one of the rubbish celebrities he has just exposed? We are left feeling sorry for him.

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