Funny At The Fringe – INTERVIEW – Monster Gay, Martin J Dixon

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 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


Monster Gay

Location: PBH’s Free Fringe @ The Outhouse Bar – The Loft  (Venue 99)

Dates: Aug 3-25

Time: 18:00

Price: Free

Ticket Link: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/monster-gay


 

Hello! Tell us about yourself Martin ?

I am a Gemini Vegetarian, a part time comedian and a freelance TV producer. I like watching TV and that’s basically it.

 

 

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

I came up with the name because I remembered my cousins used to play a game where they’d run away from me and say I was a monster. And I’m gay, so I put the two together – smart!

 

 

 

Tell us all about your show?

My show is funny, that’s the most important thing. It’s me looking at the parts of myself that I used to find scary or that I was ashamed of and mining those bits for humour. I think that if you’re able to laugh about things that embarrass you, that kind of sets you free.

 

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

I’m really excited to see more of Gareth Edward in Gareth’s Dating Disasters, because he and I are doing a mixed bill show together (Hot Gays, 22:50-23:50, 3rd- 25th, The Outhouse). I’ve been able to see a lot of his material just getting better and better and I think a whole hour of him will be ideal!

 

 

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?

I have done two full runs and a week last year. I think the advice I would’ve given myself is to not expect too much. It can be really hard work so take it easy on yourself and try and enjoy the experience for what it is and not what you’d like it to be. The best advice I was given was to try and get out of the city if you can, so that’s something I’m going to try this year.

 

 

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

I LOVED Beth Vyse as Olive Hands: The Hand that Rocks the Cradle. It was so much energy and she hit so many interesting talking points but the focus was the funny, she made me belly laugh.

 

 

Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?

I don’t know if I’m allowed to say, but it’s this; ‘you must be wiping back to front because you’re acting like a s***** ****.’ I love it because it’s so accurate and reminded me of something Nicki Minaj would say.

How did you get into stand up?

 

 I think like most people I just had a suspicion I’d be amazing at it, so I found an open spot and gave it a go. I got a good laugh but it was generally not great. So then you want to do it again, and then again. It is a bit like a drug in that way.

 

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

I’ve not seen too many different shows this year but I did go to a G&B comedy, queer performers night. As a queer comedian it was actually really refreshing to be part of that line up and some of the acts were doing things I WISH I’d made up! Also I’ve seen Luisa Omielan twice this year with her work in progress show. She’s super interesting because her shows have been funny as you’d expect but also really vulnerable and sad in some places. I think she is a genius and even though she’s a stand up I’d pay triple for her to make me cry. She’s such a joy to watch.

 

 

What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?

This is tough because I’m so negative about my time at the fringe usually. I find my best moments are when you’re flyering and someone stops and chats to you. That feels great. I have to say, going to see free shows is usually a great way to enjoy and switch off from your own show for a while.

 

What would be your top three items every performer must take to the fringe?

Laptop- it’s a great chance to write or work and also watch TV.

Books to switch off. I once re-read all of the Bridget Jones books during the fringe and it was the best thing I did all summer.
Pillow- nothing worse than not having a proper pillow. It’s a marathon not a sprint so take your sleep seriously and take a pillow.

What’s the secret to successful flyering?

I wish I knew! I think it’s good to try and strike up conversations with people but honestly I think I’ve only ever had three people come to a show from flyering. Set targets, ‘I can go when I’ve gotten rid of these’- flyering is necessary, if you don’t do it you’ll regret it but don’t punish yourself if it’s not working.

 

Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

I would love for Mindy Kaling to come and see me perform. I feel like she might love my style. She might not, I don’t know her really but her books and TV shows and films have made me laugh so we might have a similar shaped funny bone.

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

I’m here…

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

I need money.
(too on the nose? Maybe; ‘it’s really funny’)

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