Funny At The Fringe – INTERVIEW – Shaken Not Stirred: The Improvised James Bond Film

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

Shaken Not Stirred: The Improvised James Bond Film

Location: Just The Tonic at The Caves – Just the Big Room (Venue 88)

Dates: Aug 1-11, 13-25

Time: 12:00

Price: £8, Concession £6.50


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

We’re afraid that is classified information.


Tell us all about your show!

You give us the title of a made-up James Bond film you’d like to see, pick a location and which of the James Bonds you would like it in the style of (Connery, Moore, Craig, etc), and we’ll make it up on the spot. For your eyes only. Last year, David Walliams came to watch, and he said we were “Brilliantly funny and inventive,” and that “I would go every day if I could”. EdFringeReview labelled us ‘Quite simply the funniest show I have seen at the Fringe *****’, which was kind of them.



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

We love how much amazing genre-based improv there is up in Edinburgh now – Austentatious, Showstoppers, Impromptu Shakespeare, Bumper Blyton and Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes are among our favourites. We’ve also heard good things about Men With Coconuts, Whose Mind Is It Anyway and Murder She Didn’t Write.



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.

Dom: This is the fifth year we are doing SNS in Edinburgh and we think the best advice is to pace yourself – Edinburgh is a marathon not a sprint! Also it is a marathon for everyone so look after the people around you and find time to check in with them.

Alexander: I agree. Over the years I have tried to become a maverick figure on the pub scene at the Fringe – the Eric Cantona of Tennent’s Lager. I have consistently failed, and just got very fat and sad. So if you see a mate knocking back Blue Moon at £7 a pint, tell them it’s not worth it, and take them instead to see a high-concept lights show.



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

Dom: We’ve done over a hundred shows so it’s hard to pick… We had a really fun time last year when Joel Dommett joined us on stage as part of his bid to crash a hundred shows in 24 hours to raise money for Stand Up to Cancer with Channel 4. He made a very fetching Bond girl.

Alexander: Last year, we played Prince William and Harry in one show. Dom played a very meek Kim Jong-un who wouldn’t stop snacking. I played a manifestation of Toby Carvery. These were three great moments. But I don’t think we’ll ever get a better title than ‘Casino Roy Hodgson’. Absolutely superb.



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

Dom: “The name’s Bond, Jenny Bond.” 007 went undercover as the BBC’s royal correspondent.

Alexander: “I’m like the letter Q. I’m rare, and I’ve always got U following me.” At our second Fringe, 007 got alphabetical.



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

Dom: ‘Ciaran Dowd: Don Rodolfo’ was amazing. Brilliantly silly and so charismatically performed. 10/10.

Alexander: Agreed. Also, Lazy Susan’s ‘Forgive Me Mother’ was the best sketch show I’ve seen in a LONG time.



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

Dom: A nice walk up Arthur’s Seat on a sunny afternoon, it’s a great way to get some space and exercise when it all gets manic mid-Fringe.

Alexander: Take someone you love for some ramen. There’s an inexplicable amount of ramen on offer.



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

Dom: Anorak, sunglasses, patience.

Alexander: Big woolly jumper, a photo of your sweetheart, an epic pre-show playlist (for me, You’re So Vain by Carly Simon on repeat).



What’s the secret to successful flyering?

Have a coffee right before. Smile. Find the fun in being ignored.



Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

Sir Ian Fleming. Seems unlikely at this stage though.



who do you want to be the next James. Bond?

Dom: Riz Ahmed. He would SO GOOD.

Alexander: Not Tom Hardy. Don’t tell him though, he’d BATTER me.



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

@jamesbondimprov on Twitter / Shaken Not Stirred Improv on Facebook



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

Alexander: Amazing. New. Cast.

Dom: Adventure. Romance. Jokes.

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