Funny At The Fringe – INTERVIEW – Drinking and Unemployment: A New Play About Work

t 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 looking at some of the great shows that you can see at the Edinburgh Fringe. So take note because we are going to give you all the information you need for just a handful of some of the great shows happening this year! We have also been able to interview some of the acts that are heading up to the Fringe as well.

Ed Fringe 2019

Drinking and Unemployment: A New Play About Work

Location:  Just The Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre – The Old Foundry Room (Venue 27 )

Dates: Aug 4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25

Time: 16:40

Price: £6 concession £5

Ticket Link:

Hello! Tell us about yourself Kevin?

Hey, I’m from the mountains of Asheville, NC. I moved to Chicago in 1991 to go to theatre school and I’ve doing doing theatre ever since. I’m in it for the money 😉

I have an amazing 14 year old daughter named Morgan. And I just got married April 1st. But for real.

How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?

The phrase ‘Drinking and Unemployment’ is a whole thing in the show. Scott, the actor interviewed shares the meaning of the title at the end -it’s a good little story. Come see the show to hear it!

Tell us all about your show!

How has your job changed you? Sociologist Caleb Rutherford is obsessed with this question! He has come to share the gospel of his research into professional deformation. Writer/actor and Chicago theatre veteran Kevin Christopher Fox, which is totally me, plays Caleb and all of the interviewees he shares as well. The show is funny, it’s harrowing, it’s personal, it’s profound, it’s silly. A fascinating, funny and moving 70 minute ride.

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?

My wife is in Baby Wants Candy. Also on the list: Hughie, Ane City, Ariel D Jarn (standup), Tom Houghton (standup), Crime Scene Improv.

Have you done the fringe before? What are the key pieces of advice you have been given or would give to new groups or people performing at the fringe.

Nope, this is my first time. I’ve been warned there’s not much air conditioning and it might be really hot. That it’s crowded and that it is the best fucking thing ever and I’m gonna love it.

What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?

Rather than a list, I’m going all in on this one show: As an actor, I was in Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy at Writers’ Theatre in 1999. I’ve never forgotten it. It was a spiritual connection we had with every single audience who saw us. It was a privilege every single night. It was everything I love about theatre. It was sacred. It was funny. It was honest, it was heartbreaking. It was a celebration of the best that theatre and humans can be.

You are from Chicago – how has the show been going down there?

I’m sort of giggling, wondering if anyone says “Oh God, Holly, it’s been a trainwreck! People leave without saying anything. I’m starting to worry if it might suck.”

But truthfully, the show has been great here. I wrote it a year ago and have been workshopping and doing readings all over town since October. Great response throughout the process. Just finished a run of previews and this sucker is ready to go. People really dig it. And I LOVE doing it.

Being from one of the improv capitals of the world do you find that this reflects how you approach your show? Had it had any influence? 

Great question. I have seen a lot of improv. I have seen some real terrible stuff but I’ve also seen some of the best people on the planet do this-I feel lucky to have that as part of my experience. When improv is great, it’s not just funny, it’s…it’s magic. It’s transporting. It makes a room full of people feel like they are floating together. I’m good, but I’m not that-level brilliant. My wife is though. Improv was part of my theatre school training and I was in an interactive show for seven years, full of improv moments. Here’s how all that affects a one person play I write: I know what’s possible and effective, I have high standards, and I’m not afraid to jump.

What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?

Baby Wants Candy -they make up a fricking musical in front of your face. With a band. I have seen it 15 times. Wildly different. Always great. occasionally it is brilliance.

Improvised Shakespeare -they make up a fricking two act Shakespeare play in front of your face. Rhyming couplets, huge stakes, five people playing casts of sometimes more than 20 people. I’ve seen it tons. The skill level is out of this world. SO smart and funny.

Also TJ and Dave. They’ve literally made movies about these two. You just have to see it. It’s the best long form I’ve ever seen.

what’s the secret to successful flyering?

And lord, this too. My flyers are going to be something a little different -it’s a gamble, but let’s just say the title of the show has compelled me.

Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

1) A regular person who’s held a job for awhile -that’s all I need. But…also…

2) An artistic director from Royal Court who wants to take me on tour and then sit me down in London for a few months.

If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?

@dreambrotherkevin instagram

@kchrisfox twitter facebook

And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?

1) Hilarious. 2) Moving. 3) Original.

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