So Jack has finally made it to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and just in time to help interview charming Irish stand-up Grainne Maguire. We discuss the ominous presence of a beautiful, bright sun in August, and the impending doom that must surely follow. Also, Grainne’s excellent show Where Are All the Fun Places and Are Lots of People There Having Better Fun?, which delves deep into a past tinged with disappointment.
Also joining us is Lou Sanders, whose show And Now For A Nice Evening With Wallan is as an exuberant trip into discovering the moments of life that make you most happy. I think. It’s hard to tell. There are lots of costumes and props and roller skates and bed sheets though. And all are entirely appropriate. Lou explains a bit of what it’s meant to mean in our interview.
More interviews with comedians at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012, as I talk to the queen of the surreal Holly Burn about her magnificent show The H Club – Edinburgh’s least exclusive private members club. We also mention the Olympics and a Twin Peaks party. Which sounds fun. Mainly it’s about the comedy though.
Also chatting away like a big chatter is Mark Stephenson whose show Someone, Somewhere tries to find meaning in a contemporary life that may seem lacking. I think he achieves. Or maybe he just questions it a lot, like in 24. It’s ambiguous anyway. Oh, and very funny. So go see it. It’s free too.
More from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012 as Tom talks to Gareth Morinan about what a Truth Doodler is, as well as how he’s coping with doing six shows at one festival. Well it turns out, although he does get angry about certain things. But that’s the point really.
And from behind a plastic cow, I spoke to sketch duo Leads & Stern about how to make a show silly and fun. I also manage to blag myself into their group as Leads, Stern and Meek, although I’ve still to receive that phone call about rehearsals. Get on it!
It’s our second podcast from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012, and we bring you female sketch duo/songsters/character sorts/funny joke tellers/banter havers Checkley and Bush, who discuss the joys of handing our fliers to an unwilling public and what it means to be women and funny and working in sketch comedy.
In our first podcast from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012, we speak to Caroline Hardie, one half of sketch group Thomas Hardie, as she discusses doing a Thomas Hardie show on her own (her comedy partner isn’t in Edinburgh this year due to having a lovely child). She’s managing magnificently though, and it’s a fantastic show of characters both real and imagined. Thomas Hardie are also one of our recommended free shows.
Sad Faces show up too for the second year running to discuss their thrilling show of one story told from four different perspectives. There’s villains and heroes and ghosts. Also, Tobias doesn’t understand what an Ecuadorian is. It’s hilarious! YES YES IT IS! Sad Faces are also one of our recommended sketch shows.
In another Fringe podcast special, we talk to Tim Key’s former sidekick and tech man Sam Fletcher ahead of his debut solo show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which includes magic, inventions, drawings, songs and air drumming. All for free too. DVD boxsets come up a lot too – Sam’s got a lot to catch up on.
Also discussing their free Fringe show are David Bussell and Ali Brice, who are teaming up to present us with Visual Aids – an hour of props, powerpoint and theatre that has more imagination in it than Narnia. I think.
Just before the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012 kicks off and its related madness ensues, we catch up with Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee 2011 Cariad Lloyd, who discusses the added pressure such a nomination brings, as well as disastrous news about Edinburgh’s hot chocolate industry.
And Celia Pacquola, star of E4′s Show and Tell and Russell Howard’s Good News, explains her new show Delayed in addition to the pain and fear of a spider bite during the middle of the night.