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About-Howard Gorman

Howard Gorman

Howard Gorman

Comedy Chords Editor-in-Chief / Features Editor and Writer. Also writes for Consequence of Sound, MusicOMH, Fresh On The Net, Lyric Lounge Review and Faded Glamour. Comedy and music promoter/writer. Translator.

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Alfie Moore: I Predicted a Riot

August 5, 2012 |

When you think of the boys in blue then series come to mind like “The Bill” or, if you, like me, can stretch your memory a bit further back, “Juliet Bravo”. Alfie Moore is everything but that, managing to inject his observational wit into the tales his 19 years of experience on the Humberside force have provided him. As a result of  last year’s riots coinciding with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe he was unable to get his show off the ground. This year, not even the Olympics can stop him.

To show just what a law abiding copper he is, Alfie decided to give away two free tickets to his first Edinburgh show this year by asking followers on Twitter which were the best shops to loot and why. If you see a broken window at the Edinburgh Branch of Ann Summers with a strange man trying on sexy lingerie, don’t call the cops. There’s one already on the scene!

Jokes aside, we took Alfie into a local interrogation room to get him to spill the dirt on his solo show, ‘I Predicted a Riot’.

If you could describe your show as three Olympic sports which would you choose and why?

Marathon – The show runs for 27 nights and so I reckon the smart play is to pace myself.

Synchronised Swimming – 2 reasons. Not everyone will like what you do and so broad shoulders will be required. Some people will tell you that they don’t like what you do and when they do keep smiling.

Anything that Paula Radcliffe is in, as you’re bound to pick up some sort of injury or illness whilst you’re there.

For you what makes the Edinburgh Fringe so unique compared to other comedy festivals?

Apart from the natural beauty of the place it has a very special energy and vibe which seduces everyone.

What has been your defining moment there?

At the moment I would say the start of my show in 2009 which was the first time I entertained an audience for an hour. Just me, no compere, no props or gimmicks. Just me and them. An hour is a long time and it felt like a great achievement.

What is your worst memory/experience there?

I think turning up for the first time in 2008 and naively believing that an audience (and reviewers) will come and find me. Wrong! No one is coming unless you roll your sleeves up and start grafting for every punter.

Have your preview shows gone to plan?

Overall yes. Good preview rooms are hard to find but I have a good relationship with some cracking promoters and I have been very fortunate and had the opportunity to get valuable good quality stage time this year.

Have you had to change much of the material since your preview shows?

God yes! The basic structure is the same but there is a constant strive to make it better and so I think it will remain a work in progress. The fine tuning just gets more detailed as the show progresses.

What will be the first thing you do when you get to Edinburgh?

Dump my bags and then have a quick scout around and breathe in the place.

Which acts will you definitely be going to see?

Jimeon is one of my TV name favourites that I will catch but I will keep an open mind and sift through the brochure looking for random shows (comedy and otherwise) that look interesting. I think that is the best way to experience the festival.

What is the first thing you will do as soon as the festival is over?

Normally I would say “have man-flu” but I seem to have moved that forward and had preview flu this year. I expect I’ll just chill for a few days and then hit the road and continue my rock and roll lifestyle…………

What unique selling point would you say your show has that other shows don’t?

Insider knowledge and real life stories from the other side of the riot shield. I don’t think there has previously been a stand-up copper and I am fortunate in as much as it’s one of those jobs that people are curious about.

You can catch Alfie red handed at the Pleasance Courtyard from the 4th-27th of August at 21:50.

Review: Rec 3 Genesis. Armless Zombie Fun

August 4, 2012 |

As the title states, this is a movie relating the genesis of how the virus began. It isn’t however a prequel. In fact, from what I can gather, it runs parallel to the first 2 movies. For those of you who haven’t seen them (and I highly recommend you do) the tale starts with a Spanish reporter following the local firemen around for documentary purposes. Things turn sour when they are called to an apartment block, only to find the apartment quarantined shortly after their arrival. What the government are calling a virus outbreak soon turns out to be something else much more sinister. In the second instalment a swat team and a medic are sent in to control the situation. They have been mis-lead as to the objective of their mission, as the medic turns out to have been sent by the Vatican with a much holier purpose… Read More

Kunt and the Gang: A Double Helping of Kunt

August 1, 2012 |

Kunt and the Gang will be making a double appearance at this year’s Fringe with `Kunt’s on Daytime TV’ and ‘All the Hits’. The first of these shows will see Kunt single-handedly take audiences on what he best describes as  “a f*cked-up, tenuous journey through his daytime viewing schedule featuring lazy, libellous stories, songs and rhymes, and that picture of Lorraine Kelly with her minge out.” As per usual, the show is not for the easily offended with the likes of Noel Edmonds, Jeremy Kyle and David Dickinson all receiving the Kunt treatment.

He will be appearing with his Gang for their ‘All the Hits’ show, performing a selection of brand new songs, with the rest plucked from their extensive lowbrow repertoire. They had also been all set to perform as part of the Catch Comedy Showcase charity gig in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support until the venue unexpectedly refused to have anything to do with the show, only days ago. The council owned venue St. Brides reportedly chose to pull the plug, following a complaint made against the inclusion of “Kunt and the Gang” in the lineup, which also featured acts such as Patrick Monahan, Dan Mitchell and Lost Voice Guy. The event organiser, Katie Yossarian was gobsmacked, to say the least, when she found out, particularly considering all the time and effort spent on an event to raise money for such a worthy cause. In spite of the setback, Katie was admirably offered an alternative venue, but with one condition: Kunt and the Gang aren’t on the list so they’re not coming in. The Catch Comedy Showcase can now be caught from the 13th until the 17th at Cafe Camino, 7.30pm.

We spoke to Kunt all about this year’s Fringe shows  and his thoughts on getting cut from the Catch Comedy gigs. Kunt’s opinions in the interview are his own and not necessarily those of PPSF.

Compare your show to three household objects and explain why.

Lamp – Because it’s light entertainment.

Cupboard – Because it’s got stuff in it.

Toilet – Because it’s going to get panned.

What is it that makes it so special to perform at the Fringe?

The fact there is always someone who is up for a beer, whatever time of day or night it is. That person is Glaswegian comedian Obie.

What has been your best moment there?

There have been so many it’s hard to choose, but, seeing one of my stickers shaped like a man’s penis and testicles stuck over the eyes and nose of Daniel Sloss takes some beating.

What was your weirdest experience there?

Being stood in the queue for a show next to Rodney Bewes.

Have your preview shows gone to plan?

Not really. I had intended to have my new show finished in time to actually do some.

Have you had to change much of the material since your preview shows?

I suspect not having done any previews, my new show, Kunt’s On Daytime TV, will be an ever-evolving orgasm across the month.

What will be the first thing you do when you get to Edinburgh?

Try and find the woman who got us banned from the Catch Comedy MacMillan Cancer benefit show, break into her house while she’s sleeping, wearing a radiation suit, creep into her bedroom, lift up the covers, pull up her nightdress, hold her beef curtains apart, plug in my re-wired microwave and send carcinogenic rays up her sausage wallet so she has something to actually complain about.

Which other acts will you be catching there?

I’m very excited about seeing Re-animator: The Musical.

What is the first thing you will do as soon as the festival is over?

I’m going off on a pilgrimage to Benidorm to try and meet the legendary sexy magician Sticky Vicky, a 70 year old woman who has had a 40 year career pulling things out of her front bottom.

Why should people be heading to see you at this year’s Fringe?

Because my show is so full of sexy songs it is guaranteed to give blokes a stiffy and ladies a wide on.

You can catch KUNT AND THE GANG: All the Hits at 10.30pm (1 hr) at the Laughing Horse @ City Cafe 3-26 Aug (Not 5 or 11) and KUNT’S ON DAYTIME TV at 7.30pm (1 hr) at the Laughing Horse @ Espionage – Mata Hari Room 3-26 Aug (Not 5 or 11).

All information available on the official Kunt and the Gang website.

Guilt & Shame: Up All Night

August 1, 2012 |

[Featured image courtesy of Graham Turner]

Guilt & Shame, aka Robert Cawsey and Gabriel Bisset-Smith,will be putting in a repeat performance following their hugely succesful sell-out run last year. Audiences will be treated to an onstage DJ, dance numbers and saucy surprises as eternal virgin Rob and tragic slut Gabe go in search of The One (or whoever’s desperate enough). Prepare yourselves for painful sexual encounters, paranoid drug dealers, grieving transsexual, talking penises and a banging soundtrack. The duo are putting on one heck of a late-night party that you won’t want to miss out on.

They kindly answered a few questions before getting the month long party kicking.

If you could describe your show as three Olympic sports which would you choose and why?

Triathlon – It’s not for the faint-hearted.

Synchronized Swimming – Because we’re pretty buff but graceful.

100 Metre Sprint – It’s the one everyone has to watch.

For you what makes the Edinburgh Fringe so unique compared to other comedy festivals?

You have to stand out. It’s a fight to get people to see your show. Why should people see your show amongst all the other shows available to see? You also get the chance to try out your material every night for a month.

What has been your defining moment there?

Finding ourselves drunk one night in the flat eating haggis off the floor.

What is your worst memory/experience there?

Finding ourselves drunk one night in the flat eating haggis off the floor.

Hmm, and there was me puzzled as to why David Hasselhoff had chosen to do the Fringe this year.

Anyway, what about your preview shows? Have they gone to plan?

Our last preview at Latitude ended with someone almost going to hospital, someone breaking a rib and some of us getting towed back to London so, yes!

Have you had to change much of the material since your preview shows?

We did an early preview at the Hen & Chickens, London in March. It feels like ages ago, but gave us time to really think about what was needed to make it exactly what we wanted it to be.

What will be the first thing you do when you get to Edinburgh?

Get drunk, party all night, pull some hotties. No seriously, put up some posters and take it easy. It’s all about pacing yourself.

Which acts will you definitely be going to see?

Dr Brown, Cardinal Burns and Stewart Lee.

What is the first thing you will do as soon as the festival is over?

Well we’re playing Bestival two weeks after, so it won’t be over after Edinburgh. After that we’ll probably drop dead.

What unique selling point would you say your show has that other shows don’t?

We have a live onstage DJ!! Yeah, I know! See you there!

You can catch Guilt & Shame at the Underbelly, Cowgate from 2-26 August at 23:45 (not 13th or 20th). All details can be found here.

Susan Harrison: Folken Britain

August 1, 2012 |

Character comedian Susan Harrison is a regular on the London comedy circuit, most renowned for the character Mina The Horse. She also currently runs, and hosts, her own monthly themed comedy night, Cabarera, with a number of credits to her name such as The Simon Day Show (Radio 4) and Be Our Guest for the BBC Salford Sitcom Showcase, a new sitcom developed by the BBC and written by Pippa Evans.

Having stormed the Fringe back in 2010 with the succesful Creatures, winning the  ThreeWeeks Editor’s Choice Award, she will be making a welcome return with all new characters for 2012. Folken Britain will feature Susan’s unique blend of absurd social satire, surreal characters and a dash of folk music to create a striking, funny and poignant character show. This year audiences can look forward to to the likes of dangerous puppy Billy Wagg, ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair and folk duo Anne and Alan. If that wasn’t enough, she will also be taking part in the award winning improvised chat show Monkeytoast at The Pleasance this year.

If you could describe your show as three Olympic sports which would you choose and why?

Diving because Tom Daley is in it (little known fact which I didn’t think was worth publicizing).

Track and Field because there are many mentions of music which Belle and Sebastian fans may pick up on.

Open Water Swimming because most of the time it flows but there are the odd bits of filth.

For you what makes the Edinburgh Fringe so unique compared to other comedy festivals?

Other comedy festivals may have a lot to offer, but it is the Edinburgh Fringe that is every comedian’s true spiritual broken home: a place which is loved and hated in equal measure by everyone who takes a show up. For punters, it’s full of fun, shows, drink, drink and drink and for performers, it’s full of hope and despair and drink and drink.

What has been your defining moment there?

Being told that I’d won a Three Weeks Editor’s Choice Award with my last show “Creatures” was pretty special. It came at a point of complete tiredness and made me feel that even if you’re doing something that’s not in the main venues and you’re competing with lots of people “off the telly” it is still possible to be noticed. That’s the lovely thing about the fringe. Another very memorable moment was drinking a really good smoothie back in 2009.

What is your worst memory/experience there?

There are so many to choose from, but being stuck out of my flat, spending the night sleeping in the car and being awoken by a tramp knocking on the window at 4am in the morning is definitely up there.

Have your preview shows gone to plan?

Yes, I’ve been really pleased with my previews. They’ve been a good combination of useful and fun and the audiences have been fantastic, both in terms of immediate feedback (i.e. laughing/not laughing) and in terms of spoken feedback afterwards i.e. “what did that mean?”.

Have you had to change much of the material since your preview shows?

Yes. This year I have tried to make my show feel quite up to date so when big things happen like the Olympics/the opening ceremony it’s rude not to mention them. Hence, I’ve tweaked a couple of lines and added a joke here and there. I will also be re-writing an entire character to make her situation clearer. In short, yes, I’ve learnt over the years that re-writes are a good thing to do and I’m sure I’ll do more as the month goes on.

What will be the first thing you do when you get to Edinburgh?

Go straight to a tech for the other show I’m in: “Monkeytoast: the Improvised Chat Show”.  I shall hit the ground stumbling.

Which acts will you definitely be going to see?

Daniel Kitson. I have tickets for him already and can’t wait. Also the Pajama Men who I was absolutely blown away by last year. I loved their characters and the fluidity of their show and found it totally inspiring. This year they are doing an improvised show which is even more exciting.

What is the first thing you will do as soon as the festival is over?

Sleep!

What unique selling point would you say your show has that other shows don’t?

According to audience feedback, it is structured differently from lots of other character shows, so come along and see if you think that’s the case or not. Also, as far as I know, I will be the only character comedian playing Tony Blair this year – although if I’m proved wrong maybe we can form of team of Tonys! Also, Billy Wagg is in my show……a dangerous puppy.

You can catch Susan at Le Monde from 4-25 Aug, at 17:30 (not the 13th or the 20th).

www.susanharrisoncharacters.com

Chopper: A Hard Bastard’s Guide To Life

August 1, 2012 |

Heath Franklin’s foul-mouthed, tell it like it is, in your face character, Chopper,will be flying in from Australia to make a welcome return to Edinburgh. It’s been five years since his last appearance at the festival but he claims audiences will see him head-butting his way back, with the promise of a show that “packs more wallop than a three-legged wallaby”.

We precariously asked Chopper a few questions as he prepares to knock out audiences this August at the Fringe with ‘A Hard Bastard’s Guide To Life’.

This year you will be showing Edinburgh how to deal with a world that “thinks it’s better than itself”. You don’t sound too happy with the world we live in right now. What kind of tips can we expect from you?

Not so much tips, but more of a loving slap in the face, metaphorically. The world is suffering from ‘the customer is always right syndrome’. Because everyone is constantly trying to sell us stuff we are all being treated like customers all the time, being told how awesome we are and all this stuff we deserve. We forget that a lot of the time the customer is a fucking idiot.

From what I have read and seen, you don’t seem to be the biggest fan of the internet, with the exception of being able to see titties. People can’t live without the internet these days. Why are you such a disbeliever?

The Internet is the biggest celebration of mediocrity in the history of man. Every dead shit with a half formed idea not only has the ability to put themselves on the net but they also feel like people should give a shit. Unless you cure cancer I don’t see why I should read your blog.

Last year the Fringe went up against the UK riots and this year it is up against the Olympic Games. By comparison, if you could describe your show as three Olympic sports, which would they be and why?

My show would be wheelchair rugby from the Paralympics combined with facial hair grooming and streaking at the archery.

You haven’t been to Edinburgh with a solo show for five years. What took you so long to come back?

I decided I wasn’t going to come back to Edinburgh until I was ready to really smash it. There’s no point coming here unless you are pretty confident you can make an impact on the joint. It’s so competitive that you are either here to knife your way to the top or go home crying.

How was the flight over? Did you have to suffer some moaning kid sat next to you, and more importantly, did they let you bring the gun on the plane?

No guns on the plane, which is a shame because I did have a kid behind me kicking the seat. I quickly discovered that all of my favourite TV shows I was gonna watch have lots of boobies in them which is pretty awkward when everyone behind you thinks you are a pervert. The kid behind me did go strangely silent half way through an episode of Spartacus: Blood and Sand though.

What will be the first thing you do when you get to Edinburgh?

Have something deep fried and then eat it, then defibrillate myself and move on.

You compare yourself to Dame Edna, but with a moustache? How so?

OK, so maybe I smoked a little bit of crack before writing my press release this year and got a bit carried away. I guess my point was, when you see Dame Edna, you forget after a while that there’s a doodle under the dress.

Is Dame Edna one of your sources of inspiration? Which other comedians made a big impression on you?

Richard Pryor is a genius, he’s my number 1 man. I think everyone in comedy has a respect boner or a wide-on for Louis CK at the moment too.

Which acts will you definitely be catching at this year’s Fringe?

I’m gunning to see some really weird shit. Some performance art where a weeping man wearing lipstick punches a skunk to death as a symbol of his father’s shortcomings or something like that. Some real inexplicable shit. Just because it’s weird doesn’t mean it’s bad.

Do you find that you have to change much material when you come over to the UK or do audiences seem to have a pretty similar sense of humour?

Some references change, but I learnt after my first trip here that the best material is universal anyway, so I try and make a point of writing material that isn’t weighed down with the need for too much prior knowledge.

How will you be celebrating the end of the festival?

With some Thai or Malaysian food and a trip to Amsterdam. I could listen to Dutch people talk all day, every day. I have no idea what they are saying but it’s this strange shooshing poetry.

What unique selling point would you say your show has that other shows don’t?

My show has more moustache than at least 97% of other shows. I also guarantee you will be ready to kick life in the pants when you leave.

You appeared in the movie “The Predicament” and have appeared on numerous TV shows. Have you got any film or TV projects in the pipeline?

No. Unfortunately TV in Australia is still full of this tedious reality bullshit, so I have a better chance of getting on telly if I’m morbidly obese or an amateur chef or I like to renovate houses. I have heaps of ideas for TV shows but they all involve scripts and writing and not being condescending to your audience so they may never get up.

Be sure to catch Chopper’s show at Underbelly, Bristo Square from 1-19 August at 20:50

Ticket information available here. Happy Chopping!

Darren Walsh and Mark Diamond: ‘6 Foot Silly’ and his ‘Thousand Pun Salute’

July 31, 2012 | 1

Mark Diamond (6’6) and Darren Walsh (6’8) will be doing their utmost to provide Edinburgh with belly laughs even bigger than their physical proportions with ‘Six Foot Silly’. The show is said to consist of wisecracks vs. audio tracks and spontaneous wit vs. carefully crafted idiocy. Not only do the two of them plan to take their comedy to all new heights but Darren has set himself another elephantine challenge. He is clearly a believer that ‘size really does matter’ so we thought, who better to tell us all about it than the giant himself:

This Friday you’ll be dealing with some serious finger cramps. You’ve even made it to number one in one of Chortle’s top ten lists. Prey tell what your plan is.

To celebrate a record-breaking number of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, I’m attempting a record of my own.

On Monday 6 August at 3pm, I will attempt to tweet a pun based on the name of every single comedian (who has a Twitter account) performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year.

For example:

Tim Shishodia

“What kind of kebabs do you like, Tim?”

“Shish.”

“Oh, do ya?”

Some will be good, some will be bad and some will be downright terrible.

Twitter only allows 1,000 tweets per day. So, from more than 2,695 shows, I will pick 1,000 comedians and make #1000puns.

From http://www.iamagiant.co.uk/news/the-1000-pun-salute/

Which has been easier? Writing material for you Edinburgh show, or coming up with 1,000 different tweets? I imagine the latter.

I write puns every day @TheGiantTweets. That comes easy to me, so I would say writing material for my Edinburgh show was harder.

The hardest part of all this is sifting through edfringe.com’s comedy section and sourcing 1,000 comedians, then finding them on Twitter. If anyone reading this has a list I’d love to get it.

Is this just sheer marketing or is it something you’d been planning to do for some time?

I’d been thinking about doing it for ages. I just thought it was a bit impossible. I told a fellow comedian (James Gill) about it and he persuaded me I should go for it.

If you could describe your show as three Olympic sports which would you choose and why?

Archery, because we’ve done previews in both Bow ‘n’ Harrow.

The Triathlon, because the show is inspired from cultures of mixed race.

The Marathon, because seeing 6 Foot Silly is a good decision. In the long run.

For you what makes the Edinburgh Fringe so unique compared to other comedy festivals?

It’s sheer size. I was doing a show last year called ‘Giants of Comedy’ for the whole of August. I saw a lot of shows. What surprised me was that I didn’t find anything bad. I remember on the last day I was walking around actually asking people if they knew of anything terrible. Still no luck.

What has been your defining moment there?

Probably seeing Kevin Eldon’s show in 2010. A lorry-load of possibilities entered my head after that.

What is your worst memory/experience there?

Flyering in the rain for 2 and a half hours and then playing to a room in soaking wet clothes consisting of 6 Mexicans. The rain last year was unbelievable.

Have your preview shows gone to plan?

Pretty good, the last one was amazing. We packed out the Miller in London Bridge. We got a booking from a couple that were in the audience. They invited us to perform at their wedding in September.

Have you had to change much of the material since your preview shows?

Yes. We started off (Mark & I) doing half an hour each, but we have quite contrasting styles so we broke it up a bit and it works much better. We also attempted a skit involving banter between the two of us, but it was too contrived.

What will be the first thing you do when you get to Edinburgh?

I get in one and a half hours before my show starts, so I’d imagine I’ll be marching straight over to the Free Sisters to start flyering.

Which acts will you definitely be going to see?

Tony Law, Paul Foot, Sam Simmons and many more.

What is the first thing you will do as soon as the festival is over?

A pint of squash and Channel 4 news.

What unique selling point would you say your show has that other shows don’t?

Well it’s free and it’s good. Pretty obvious thing to say, but I think there you have two important things that set it apart.

You can catch ‘6 Foot Silly’ at the Gothic RoomThe Three Sisters, 139 Cowgate, EH1 1JS
from 3 – 17 August at 4:00 PM • (Except Saturdays).

Be sure to follow Derren on Twitter for his #FF feat @thegianttweets

Sean Turner and Graham Oakes: Making Life Taste Funnier

July 30, 2012 |

If you’re heading to the Fringe then you clearly fancy a taste of how funny life can be. This is exactly what Graham Oakes and Sean Turner intend to show audiences in their second year at the Fringe as they bring you stand-up comedy ranging from observational to surreal. They may well both be from the North East of England but they assure us they each add their own unique takes on life, promising something for everyone.

Last year they were also a double act at Edinburgh in ‘Making Life Taste Funny’ with the Laughing Horse Free Festival, pulling in packed audiences for the entire run. This year we expect no less, as they prepare to bring their new show ‘Making Life Taste Funnier’ to this year’s Fringe.

Compare your show to three household objects and explain why.

A bucket. If you have ever seen Sean Turner perform, this is obvious. A fridge, to store our yogurts in, and our tubs of ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter’. A phone, so it can vibrate.

What is it that makes it so special to perform at the Fringe?

Having people come to see you perform and, hopefully, have a great time. Being in the centre of everything all the time makes for a fantastic atmosphere.

What has been your best moment there?

Everything! It’s all the best. (cop out answer)

What was your weirdest experience there?

Two years ago, I wasn’t doing a show and I had only performed at 3 little gigs in Newcastle. I asked two people in a queue where I could find free Mountain Dew and they recognized me and started quoting parts of my set.

I had two odd gigs last year: one at our own show where the entire audience was made up of Spanish High School students. The other gig I was MCing for someone else and only 2 people showed up. We ended up playing them the video of my friends George and Sean, drunk at the previous night’s party. At least they got to laugh at something.

Have your preview shows gone to plan?

Pretty much. I was just very ill for one of them. It made it a bit different.

Have you had to change much of the material since your preview shows?

I always find myself altering things. The previews were useful to figure out the best order and what doesn’t work.

What will be the first thing you do when you get to Edinburgh?

Unpack at my flat then go and see the bus! (We’re performing on the Top Deck of the Comedy Bus at the Free Sisters)

Which other acts will you be catching there?

Lots. Nick Mohammed, Carl Hutchinson, Dan Willis, Simon Donald, Chris Ramsey, Gavin Webster, Jerry Bucham, John Scott, Patrick Monahan, Richard Herring, Silky, Stewart Lee, The Boy with Tape on his Face, The Noise Next Door. Tony Jameson and Katie Mulgrew, Vladimir McTavish and Keir McAllister. I’m sure there will be lots more.

What is the first thing you will do as soon as the festival is over?

Drive home. Have a sit down.

Why should people be heading to see you at this year’s Fringe?

Because you will laugh, or that’s the idea anyway. It’s a fun show, and you’re almost guaranteed to like either me or Sean. Whatever happens, we’re on a bus, so everyone’s a winner!

You can catch the show from 4th – 26th AUGUST, 2012 on the ‘Top Deck on the Comedy bus’ at the LAUGHING HORSE @ THE FREE SISTERS. 4:15pm FREE

www.makinglifetastefunnier.co.uk

Nick Mohammed – Mr. Swallow: 2012

July 30, 2012 |

Nick Mohammed has had audiences yearning for more at the Edinburgh Fringe thanks, by and large, to his razor-sharp character comedy. Crowd favourite Mr. Swallow, the hugely popular memory specialist character, is back by popular demand. You won’t be needing his perfect his memory techniques to remember this show though, as Nick is currently developing ‘The Making of Mr. Swallow’ for BBC Television along with a fourth Radio 4 series.

Despite his hectic schedule, Nick was eager to answer a few questions before heading up to Edinburgh to get into his role:

If you could describe your show as three Olympic sports which would you choose?

Opening ceremony, acrobatics, closing ceremony. Do the ceremonies count?

For you, what makes the Edinburgh Fringe so unique compared to other comedy festivals?

I’ve actually never been to any other comedy festivals and so I can’t make the comparison sadly. HUGE apologies! (This isn’t the best start really!)

What has been your defining moment there?

Difficult to answer this without sounding arrogant. OK, I’ll give it a go anyway… “Not getting ill.”

What is your worst memory/experience there?

Really nice question. Really gets me in the spirit of the whole thing! In 2006, a group of about 15 people walked out, in a 50-seater room that became quite a big deal. Especially when it was only about half full to start with – OUCHY!

Have your preview shows gone to plan?

I hope so… Fingers crossed!

Have you had to change much of the material since your preview shows?

Define ‘much’… I’m always tinkering with it.

What will be the first thing you do when you get to Edinburgh?

Watch the diving and take out some cash.

Which acts will you definitely be going to see?

Sheeps, Holly Burn and Peacock & Gamble.

What is the first thing you will do as soon as the festival is over?

I’m flying to Sicily for a week literally 12 hours after my last show. I honestly can’t wait!

What unique selling point would you say your show has that other shows don’t?

Mathematics. Sexy!

You can catch Mr. Swallow at the Pleasance Courtyard from 1-26 August, at 18:00.

All ticket information is available here.

www.nickmohammed.com. Follow Nick @NickMohammed @MrSwallow.

Sajeela Kershi: Regret-Me-Nots

July 30, 2012 |

Sajeela Kershi broke onto the comedy circuit in 2006 and, believe it or not, her biggest break came when she was offered the part of a plant in 2007!  That same year she juggled her botanical skills with a three-handed Edinburgh show, Pretty Dirty Things. In true slasher movie style, the number of protagonists fell one by one, with her performing a two-hander, ‘Race/Off’ in 2008, followed up by a solo debut ‘Bitch Got Owned’ in 2009.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012 sees her back in her own solo run with the show ‘Regret-Me Nots’ with Sajeela pondering on the what ifs in life. The show is described as a ‘life-affirming, hilarious romp through silly mistakes and lessons leart’. We got in a few quick questions with Sarjeela before she had time to regret accepting to do the interview:


Describe your Edinburgh show with three adjectives and explain why.

Funny, heartfelt and life-affirming. It’s a stand-up/storytelling show highlighting regrets we all have. The show is for anyone who shoulda, woulda, coulda…

What is it that makes it so special to perform at the Fringe?

It’s the best place to hone in your show and your craft, like a boot camp Mecca for comedy, and there’s worse places you can have a meltdown. In Edinburgh at least you know there’s someone having a worse meltdown than you.

What has been your best moment there?

I guess that would have to be my first year up there when I played a plant in Brendon Burns Award Winning Show, ‘So I Suppose This is Offensive Now’. It has to be the biggest break a newbie comic could get, to be trusted with an integral part of such a well written, amazing show! I will be eternally grateful to Brendon for that once in a lifetime experience.

Have your preview shows gone to plan?

Well previews are always hard; some got pulled, others had small audiences, but it has helped to say stuff out loud. I have two more when I get to Edinburgh. I did a mini tour of previews over a weekend with two other comics, where I had no internet or phone reception. I had a huge family drama back at home, as my uncle got kidnapped for a ransom of £100,000 in Pakistan. To cut a long story short, the national press was on it, there was a big shoot out and my uncle is now safe, so I got a new regret to add to my collection:  that I really shouldn’t have done a show about regrets when I was needed at home…

Have you had to change much of the material since your preview shows?

Yes quite a lot. I think the show has changed so much from my original idea. I wanted it much more fluffy and light hearted initially. It’s now got a bit more depth t it, is very confessional and more touching, I hope.

If you want to get poncey about it, I guess you could say this show is my ‘sorry letter’ to someone who really influenced my life.

What will be the first thing you do when you get to Edinburgh?

Apart from put up my dukes up and fight my flat mates for the room I want, I will go shopping to pack out the flat with fresh fruit & veg plus mineral water. I want to eat well and take care of myself this year. Sorry deep fried Mars bars. No summer loving with you this year!

Which acts will you be catching there?

The Boy with Tape on his Face, Brendon Burns, Patrick Monahan, Comedy Reserve with my friend Suzy Bennett, my flatmates Mary Bourke and Juliet Meyers, Lewis Schaffeur, Jen Brister, Charmian Hughes, Daniel Simonsen, Dr Brown, Luisa Omielan, Nick Helm, McNeil & Pampillion, oh and too many more to remember right now…

What is the first thing you will do as soon as the festival is over?

I will be off to see my non-performing muggle friends so I can tell them how I’m never doing Edinburgh again and how mean Edinburgh was to me and they’ll just bitch slap me back to reality. Then I’ll sleep for a whole week and work out what next year’s show should be.

Why should people go and see your show?

Come and see this show if you want something a bit different. Although my experiences are unique to me, i.e. a product of 2 cultures, the stories will hopefully resonate with everyone. I want my show to be all inclusive and should make folks realise we have much more in common than we realise. NB: Don’t come if you want skinny jean wearing gag masters, as you will be disappointed. Do come if you fancy taking a punt on someone you might not normally choose to see. You might be surprised

You can catch Sajeela at Laughing Horse @ Espionage from the 2-26 August at 18:15.

Keep up to date with all information regarding that show here.