Wrestler, author and 'spoken word artist' Mick Foley delivers tales from inside and outside the ring
- Brian Donaldson
- 16 April 2013
The former grappler is touring the UK with his latest spoken word tour
For those who remember Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler, there are fewer sights sadder in showbusiness than a once-great star trying to reclaim their past and ending up making an utter fool of themselves. Mick Foley made sure that this would not be his story by brushing up on a few skills which those in the WWE world may not naturally have at their disposal. Such as being able to write and making people laugh with you in public.
But Foley has bucked the trend by penning memoirs, adult fiction and children’s books to some acclaim and is pretty settled now into a career on the live stand-up stage. Not that he’s overly comfortable being dubbed a ‘stand-up’ and is probably more relaxed if he was known as a ‘spoken word artist’.
Still, there’s no denying that Foley on stage errs towards the comedic, and how could it not with all his tales of unspeakable terror and unholy craziness to offload about his time both in and out of the wrestling ring. And maybe he’ll let rip on his curious friendship with Tori Amos?
Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Wed 24 Apr; Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, Thu 25 Apr.