It is festival season and that means that in the next month there is so many great comedy festivals to look forward to! This month we are talking to acts performing at an array of festivals to find out more about their sets and what they have planned for their shows. Today we talk to a sketch group that won an award in 2016 at the London Sketch Fest and the duo return to Edinburgh Fringe this year to wow audiences – I caught up with Dirty White Boy Chazz to find out all about this years show.
Name Of Show: Dirty White Boys: Manners
Date: August 2-12th, 14-26th
Location: Just The Tonic At The Caves – Just The Fancy Room (Venue 88)
Hello Chazz! Tell us about Dirty White Boys!
Well Hello right back! Dirty White Boys is a sketch comedy double act consisting of me and Jack Robertson. We’ve been going for about 4 years, won a handful of accolades and we’re excited to take our 3rd hour ‘Manners’ to the Fringe!
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Fringe?
Titles are hard to come up with in sketch comedy. Me and Jack settled on one word titles (last years show was called ‘Stupid’). Bizzarrely, after the title is chosen, the sketches end up accidentally reflecting it. So there’s some thematic link there (manners and when/how we break them)
Tell us a little bit about your style of sketch show?
Our style is hard to describe. Imagine Morecambe & Wise directed by David Fincher. It’s tricky, but that’s the closed I’ve come to bottling up what we do into a phrase.
It’s loud, fast, occasionally dark, intensely ridiculous.
What will your set be about?
About is a nebulous term. I’m not sure it’s about anything but making people laugh. I hope that’s what it is. I don’t want people reading into it thinking it’s a biting satire on the Louisiana Purchase.
Tell us about the writing process for a sketch show – is it hard to come up with new ideas?
Sometimes. There are the occasional eureka moments but a lot of the work is sitting down and trying your best to hammer it out. What me and Jack usually do is sit on opposite sofas and pitch lines to each other. If it makes both of us laugh, it goes in.
In terms of general ideas, we’ll just throw something out there and see if we can generate material for it. If it’s a real struggle, we put it to bed.
And you’re award winners too! Tell us about the award that you won and how it came about?
London SketchFest Best New Act 2016. That was a fun night. It was a competition for the festival (which is awesome, by the way) and we were whittled down to the final 12 out of over 60 that entered. I genuinely didn’t think we had it until we heard our names. If you track down the pictures you can see I’m flabbergasted and overwhelmed.
It really felt like we had made an impact and we could be really proud of what we’d made. A good night. I think about it often.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the Fringe?
Alice Marshall, Lewis Doherty, Witt ’n’ Camp, Tracey’s Leaving Party, Tom Neenan, Matt Ewins, Olga Koch, Tamsyn Kelly, Pernilla Holland, Dan Attfield, Andy Field.
Is that too many? I’ve got a month to get them all in.
Have you done the Fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
This will be DWBs 3rd fringe but my 11th. I’ve done Stand-Up, Improv, Sketch, Plays, and Musicals. It’s hard to pick a favourite I’ve been in. They’re all so diverse and wonderful in their own regards. I think last years DWB show was truly fantastic and I had a really fun time.
Favourite show I’ve seen at the fringe was The Bunker by sketch group The Beta Males. I was so unfamiliar with the comedy scene when I saw it and it was a revelatory experience of what sketch could be. Plus, it was absolutely hilarious.
Some acts have already tried it and done shows in the environment but do you think virtual reality has a space to be used in comedy and what other modern technologies do you think could alter the way we interact and watch comedy?
A fascinating question. I’m sure virtual reality has a space in comedy. Either in the creation of it or the viewing of it. I’m sure the technology exists now to place yourself in the audience at a show without having to leave your house, but they’ll have to be some major steps forward in tracking faces and bodies before we see true VR comedians.
That’s my thought anyway. But I’m an idiot.
What have been some of the most unique and different comedy sets you have seen this year and why?
Alice Marshall. She’s perfected the art of character comedy. It’s a bizarre monologue interactive clowning fusion that I can’t get enough of.
I love seeing what solo artists can do to push the boundaries. One to look out for is Lewis Doherty. His show WOLF is going to be the most talked about show at the fringe. Guaranteed.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
@dwbcomedy on Twitter
/dwbcomedy on Facebook
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Tap. Dance. Number.
ED FRINGE QUICK FIRE ROUND
Best thing about performing at the fringe?
Seeing all your talented mates out and about, and reconnecting with ones you haven’t seen in ages.
The most challenging thing about performing at the Fringe?
The exhaustion. Vitamins and a good night rest are important, people!
What three items are essential for a successful Fringe?
Raincoat, Berocca, £1.50 (for a bacon roll from PieMaker)
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
In our experience it’s get someone else to do it for you. But typically what people respond to is passion. A genuine enthusiasm for the show is infectious and that’s whats gotten me into shows I never even knew about.
What are the best venue’s at the Fringe?
Just the Tonic have been good to us over the years, but I suppose that’s the political answer.
You can’t go wrong with any of the shows at The Hive or The Stand. For meeting up with mates for a lovely sunny pint George Square. For staring at youth with envy C Main.
Can’t make it to the Edinburgh Fringe? Never fear, Dirty White Boys are doing a preview show at The Miller on 16th July – more information can be found here