Local Heart, Global Soul

November 5, 2014

“Patches” Produces Aching Sides And Tears Of Laughter…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There are some days you could just kick yourself for not being organised.

In the summer of 2013 while visiting Cornwall in England was one of these occasions.

We had gone for a day trip to Pendennis Castle and I thought I’d charged the batteries of the pocket camera and the DSLR.

I was wrong about the pocket camera and it’s the camera where I’ve worked out how to use the movie function.

During the falconry display I discovered my error, but thought not too much of it, at least I had decent stills from the DSLR and I probably didn’t need the movie function.

A short time later I started to realise just how wrong I was. A man dressed as a court jester set up his pitch, gathered the crowd around him and began his show.

There was humour on every level imaginable, from slapstick to plays on words, kid jokes and innuendo for the adults, he soon had the entire crowd laughing so hard they were wiping the tears from their eyes. Indeed many of the adults were also holding their stomachs because it hurt to laugh so much. I’m not someone to laugh out loud at every little thing, and these days there is “humour” (and very often questionable as to what passes for such) and there is “comic genius” . This gentleman was certainly the latter. I so, so wish I had had the chance to video even a snippet of the show, to post here and share. I wish even more that I could have recorded his entire show.

His name is “Patch” and  he’s a court jester performer based in Crediton who’s performed for Queen Elizabeth II and became an English Heritage National Jester.  I’d highly recommend  stopping anywhere that he is performing to enjoy the show… if my reaction and that of the rest of the crowd is anything to go by, you will leave with aching sides from laughing so hard and huge smile on your face.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Link to a website that features Patches:

http://www.alivenetwork.com/bandpage.asp?bandname=Patch-%20A%20Right%20Royal%20Fool&style=Street%20Entertainers

 

 

 

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