Stuart Goldsmith: Pr!ck
Stuart Goldsmith will have to employ some of his accrued street juggling experiences for Edinburgh this year. Not only will he be performing his brand new one-man show, Pr!ck, but he’ll also be packing his bi-weekly podcast series in his suitcase to perform ‘The Comedian’s Comedian Live’, grilling the Edinburgh Festival Fringe headliners on how they create their material from scratch.
Pr!ck is described as “Selfishness, narcissism, violence and a winning smile. This show will make you a worse person.” It has been tipped as one of the best of the fest by none other than someone he’ll so dearly remember from ITV’s ‘Show Me the Funny’, Kate Copstick. Stuart himself has also laid down a rather challenging gauntlet for comedy reviewers and critics alike (see video below), so it was only fitting for us to ask him a few questions about his prognosis for the month ahead.
You have been interviewing comedians for your podcast ‘The Comedian’s Comedian’. What would you say were the three main experiences/tips your guests have provided that you have taken on board yourself to improve your act?
– Instead of using the first idea you think of (which everyone thinks of), or the second (which the clever people think of), use the third! [Arthur Smith]
– Do it because you love the work, not because you want to be famous or rich [Adam Bloom]
– Use the steam in a hotel bathroom to take the wrinkles out of your shirt [Sarah Millican]
Which moment you have experienced at the festival best sums up the Fringe?
– I saw Eddie Izzard and 2 old-school street performer friends of his, Vince Henderson and John Feeley, improvise a streetshow from scratch. Sublime.
What was your weirdest experience there?
Juggling 3 kippers onstage during Arthur Smith’s show in 2011. Bloody nailed it, mind. No drops – very proud.
Have your preview shows gone to plan?
The plan was to take lots of risks and make lots of mistakes. I’m pleased to report the plan’s worked perfectly!
Have you had to change much of the material since your preview shows?
The show is constantly growing and developing – pretty sure I’ve nailed it down now, but this year I’m all about keeping it loose so we’ll see…
What will be the first thing you do when you get to Edinburgh?
Unpack. Stock up on fresh fruit and veg. Swear a blood-oath to stay sober.
Which other acts will you be catching there?
Eddie Pepitone, Hannibal Buress, Pappy’s, Sara Pascoe (all upcoming guests on the live podcast show at Gilded Balloon!)
Plus newcomers Danny McLaughlin, Nish Kumar and Joe Lycett.
What is the first thing you will do as soon as the festival is over?
– Decompress for a week. Probably burst into tears. Then start writing next year’s show.
How confident are you with the gauntlet you have laid down to reviewers and critics? Surely it will be a challenge in itself to draw a line with so many possible double entendres.
– Well quite! I suspect however that Kate Copstick (Scotsman comedy reviewer) is masterminding a joint attempt on the part of the critics to see that no puns slip out and the charity gets the full grand!
Why should people be heading to see you at this year’s Fringe?
– I’m trying to convince my audience to all get off with each other, and it’s BOUND to work at least once. Plus there’s fuck-loads of great jokes.
Prick will be performed at Pleasance Courtyard, 1-26 August, at 19:30. Ticket information here.
The Comedian’s Comedian Live will be performed at the Gilded Balloon Teviot, 1-26 August, at 12:15. Ticket information here.