Funny At The Fringe – INTERVIEW – Jollyboat: Bards Against Humanity

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 look at a duo that base their act around the world of comedy and music and even have their own festival called JollyCon which happened earlier this year! Welcome to the world of Jollyboat they are taking two shows up to the Free Fringe this year but we wanted to know all about their new set. I caught up with Tommy to find out all about the show they are taking to the Fringe this year.

Screen Shot 2018-06-22 at 14.41.31Name Of Show: Jollyboat: Bards Against Humanity

Time: 19:30

Date: August 4th- 26th

Location: Liquid Room Annexe / Warehouse  (Venue 276)

Hello! Tell us about Jollyboat and the name of your show?

We’re a geek-themed musical comedy act, priding ourselves on fast-paced gags and a fun feel good attitude! Our shows are consistently among the most popular on the Free Fringe – this year we’ve called it “Bards Against Humanity” (and we have another one called Why do Nerds Suddenly Appear).
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Fringe?

It’s a play on board game Cards Against Humanity, with a little reference to Dungeons and Dragons. We’ve got a couple of game-related songs in the setlist this year, so it reflects that. Why do Nerds Suddenly Appear is a best-of previous shows, and takes its title from our 2017 show.
Tell us a little bit about your style of music?

Folk-rock Nerdcore? Our main influences are other comedy acts, and our focus is on lyricism. I guess the easiest way to describe it is as a nerdier Flight of the Conchords.
What will your set be about?

We do songs about nerdy pop culture topics, and of course Pirates. We also try very hard to make it all accessible to people who don’t know the source material. The real treasure is FRIENDSHIP. Or something.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the Fringe?

Love a good magic show, and we like discovering new musical comedians. The second is quite hard these days because we know a LOT.
Have you done the Fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?

Every year since 2010. Our favourite show by far was last year when some guys got in touch and told us they’ve formed a Jollyboat tribute act. We did a show together and it was mindblowing. We had them back to headline our convention JollyCon. Oh! We did one in a strip club a while ago and saw a woman pull pegs off her vagina and clothes out of it. That was weird. She does cool performance art as Vendetta Vain.
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 music and what other modern technologies do you think could alter the way we interact and watch music?

It would make a cool music video. Augmented reality could do interesting things in a performance space (e.g. a show with one live performer and one animated?)
What have been some of the most unique and different comedy sets you have seen this year and why?

We love the weird and different, and that’s a cornerstone of every Jollyboat song. We filled our convention JollyCon with crazy stuff, like a puppet cabaret, gameshows and on-stage roleplaying, and of course our crazy tribute act MerryFerry. I also want to give a shoutout to Alastair Clark, who wasn’t at JollyCon but only because it was impossible to book him – we’re big fans of his whimsical prop comedy with dark undertones. His Fringe show is gonna be excellent.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?

Jollyboat Crew is our community on Facebook. If you love pirates and/or jokes, or just want a warm welcoming community, that’s the place
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?

Free, Funny & Loveable.



Best thing about performing at the Fringe?

Everything. It’s a constant buzz of excitement, being a pseudo-celebrity at the biggest arts festival in the world.
The most challenging thing about performing at the Fringe?
There’s too much to do. We generally just focus on doing a great show and making time for our fans, but there’s so so much going on
What three items are essential for a successful Fringe?

A guitar (cos shows without music get boring), a donation bucket (cos if you’re not on the free fringe, you’re not successful), and a friend. Probably don’t call them an item to their face.
What’s the secret to successful flyering?

Making an emotional connection.
What are the best venues at the Fringe?

On the Free Fringe, Liquid Room (Annexe) is the best, and we’re very blessed to be there. Voodoo Rooms (Speakeasy) is also excellent. I’ve got a soft spot for the Banshee Labyrinth’s Cinema Room, although the capacity is ridiculously low.

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