CHRIS HENRY: WE NEED TO TALK
Chris Henry has been a regular on the comedy circuit for years now having performed in all corners of the UK, with the occasional BBC and ITV appearance. Now, at the age of 34, still living life as if he were in his tender 20s, he claims he’s lost friends, jobs, relationships, family, religion and dignity and is ready to bare all in his first full-run solo Fringe show, We Need To Talk.
In spite of appearing to have lost virtually everything, he was only too happy to lose a bit of time answering our questions:
Describe your Edinburgh show with three adjectives and explain why.
Vain . It’s all about me dealing with hearing the phrase “we need to talk” too many times.
Profitless. I’m performing at the free festival at the Free Sisters, so I can’t stop your readers coming in without paying.
Funny. It might be all about me and I might be broke, but it’s still a comedy show and a damn funny one at that darling.
What is it that makes it so special to perform at the Fringe?
The Fringe is like being in Gotham just after the Scarecrow has broken out the lunatics from the asylum, but they’ve replaced their hunger for chaos with a need for recognition. It doesn’t get more special than that.
What has been your best moment there?
Climbing to the top of Arthur’s seat at 5 am. Never go drinking with a fitness fanatic that’s been on Red Bull all night.
What was your worst experience there?
Being rather intoxicated at a late night party and trying to convince a very well known comic that I loved a piece of material he performed, whilst he repeatedly told me that he never had. Apparently I was there for some time.
Have your preview shows gone to plan?
Of course not. That’s why we do the previews. I have gone from the first one being a stuttering, stammering mess, holding notes and rushing through routines, to a calmer, charismatic, performing, stammering mess.
Have you had to change much of the material since your preview shows?
The format has so far changed three times: bits have been dropped, routines added. I started with a wild obtuse oak and I’m now aiming for a refined bonsai.
What will be the first thing you do when you get to Edinburgh?
Go straight to a supermarket and buy food before I run out of money. And since it’s Edinburgh, my shopping trip shall be similar to Renton’s for “The Sick Boy Method” in Trainspotting, although I wont be looking for the suppositories.
Which acts will you be catching there?
Milo McCabe (because I’m also in his show), Mark Nelson, Billy Kirkwood, Christian Reilly, Jimeoin, Davey Conner, Sean Hughes and many others.
What is the first thing you will do as soon as the festival is over?
Sleep, eat vegetables and tell my mother that I’m still alive.
Why should people go and see your show?
There are loads of reasons to come see my show. It’s funny, its some of the best material I’ve ever written, hearing the wonderful sound of an audience laughing every day will stop me from crying myself to sleep, its funny, it’s on in the early afternoon (3.30) so it’s perfect for starting your day at the festival, it’s FREE, it’s funny (for more reasons why you should come see it, come see it).
You can catch Chris’ show at The Yurt Locker, at The Free Sisters, Venue 272.
Shows run from the 3rd until the 26th of August at 3:30 pm (no show on the 24th).
Be sure to keep up with Chris over on his website.