Comedy Cues #6: Tim FitzHigham - CHALLENGER
[Image courtesy of Rich Hardcastle]
Challenger finds Tim FitzHigham, the multi award-winning, Perrier-nominated comedian, author, explorer and extreme unusualist back at the Edinburgh Fringe as he relates his most mystifying challenge yet.
Audiences have already witnessed such endeavors as paddling the Thames in a paper boat, crossing the Channel in a rowing bathtub, vigorously exploring the Kama Sutra and generally marveled at his re-creations of the world’s weirdest wagers. His penchant for seeing bad ideas to the bitter end and the resulting shows are certainly a cause for concern – fractures to a couple of fingers and a toe (twice), a broken rib, the need to make use of a flesh eating microbe, blind in one eye for six months and hospitalization with a bone-marrow-eating infection, among a plethora of other agonizingly painful disasters.
Fans will be glad to hear that Tim will also be back in the perennial Fringe hit, Flanders and Swann, but only for one week so be sure to book early.
As Tim prepares to head to the Fringe he was good enough to describe what he feels is one of the challenges of being a comedian in our run of Comedy Cues:
The main thing I’ve learnt as a comedian is to make the audience laugh (!). If they’re not laughing, that’s a bad sign. Everyone has a bad day in the office and for us that’s the bad audience or bad gig but comedians need to learn from those bad ones and work out why they’ve gone badly to make sure they don’t go that way again. When working online or without a live audience, it’s obviously harder to get an immediate reaction so it’s always good to try things out with people. When you’ve been doing it for a while hopefully you’ll begin to realise what works for you and what makes you funny to others… I say hopefully, as even the most experienced comics are always surprised. Does that help? Who can say…
Challenger will be performed at The Green – Pleasance Courtyard at 7:30pm
Previews: 31st July-2nd August @ £7
12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th August @ £9.50 / £8.50
5th-8th, 15th, 21st-22nd August @ £11 / £10
3rd, 4th, 9th-11th, 16th-18th, 23rd-25th August @ £12.50/£11
Flanders and Swann will be performed at PLEASANCE: Cabaret Bar
19th – 26th August at 2:30pm
Tickets are available here: 0131 556 6550 / www.pleasance.co.uk