Funny At The Fringe – INTERVIEW – Michael Joseph Brown

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.

In this interview we decided to do something a bit different and chat to someone who is heading to the Fringe to work there as well as potentially freelance and appear in some shows! I sat down with Michael to find out all about it! 

Ed Fringe 2019

Hello Michael! You work behind the box office at fringe what’s the best and challenging parts of the job?

The best part of working in one of the fringes box office venues (TheSpaceUk) is that I’m one of the first people to meet the performers and that’s mega fun because you often have people from all over the world, covered in bags and props and costumes and Trombones and they just drop everything and scream “I’m here! I’ve made it!!” And your like “yaaaay! I’m soo happy for you! Who are you?” That and you get the free pass to see shows!

The most challenging thing is watching shows that are really great just struggle to get audiences through the run, it’s tough for the teams in the venue too because you really get to know them and you are part of one big festival family.


Tell us all about your show you are also part of!

I’m a free lance improviser and I’m one of the founding members of The Same Faces, one of the leading improv troupes in the Midlands. We’re planning to take an improv show to next fringe (2020) so I’ve been sent as a spy to scout ahead, I’m planning on grabbing as many guest slots as possible in this fringe, so if your looking for good guest improviser’s please message me.


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

“Baby wants candy”, an improvised play called “Between Us” and the all female and no binary improv jam hosted by the Tinderellas.


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.

Meet as many people as possible, get chatting and just immerse yourself in it! And also sleep!


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

I saw a show last year called “Blueswater Presents: Roots of the Blues” and I have to say it was like being in the basement of a Blues Guitarist Savant music geek who just wants to show you his cool toys and records. That was a lot of fun and I really hope they come back.

Coach 2 coach 2: coach harder with Adam Riches was one of the funniest shows I’ve ever ever seen with my naked eyes.

Also a play a few Fringe’s back Called “Mine” by Douglas Deans. It was a one woman play that left me and the rest of the audience in tears and it was fantastically written and produced.

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

I was performing in pantomime’s around primary schools earlier in the year, I asked a teacher what her name was for a bit of banter mid-show, and she told me it was “Mrs Leggit”

so I just ran off stage.

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

Kinkyfish Improv hold an open jam outside of the fringe and you will often get people who have never performed anything let alone improv, which is great as they don’t often play by improv rules, in fact yesterday I saw a tourist accidental walk into a show and ended up taken part in the jam. Spanish tourists just looking for the upstairs bar often make the best improv partners.

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

Get out of your comfort zone! Just go see something you don’t normally go for, I cried laughing at a Russian string orchestra!


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

Vocalzones, Waterproof foldable Mac and a full hipflask.


What’s the secret to successful flyering?

Find quiet spots and just have lots of fun with the people your flyering. Have a list of bad jokes ready.


Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

Boris Johnson. It would probably get the award for best joke of the fringe.


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

Facebook: Michael Joseph Brown

Facebook: The Same Faces

Twitter: @PerformerMike

Twitter: @TheSameFaces

Instagram: thefaceofmike


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

I Am Funny.

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