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.
Hello Dave! Tell us about yourself?
It’s me Dave Bibby. The Bibster. Old Biblioteque. Bib Hoskins. Bibby The Vampire Slayer. I’m a pisces. You?
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Fringe?
I am typecast as a LAD when all I really do is sit at home with my cats. So I talk a bit about that but also I had to decide the name and blurb in, like, January before I’d written the show so it just depends what I’m doing. Next year my show will probably be called ‘Holy Shit I Forgot How Much I Love Cheese!’
Tell us all about your show!
It’s about being a manchild and never really growing up. I use my favourite childhood movie, Hook, as the basis to explore what my Neverland would look like to me as a 34-year-old. A magical island inspired by childhood dreams – but what goes through my head now as I lay awake at night? It gets a bit weird to be honest so I put cat gifs on the screen throughout so we can all just chill out.
It’s packed with songs, silly characters, improv, storytelling and very friendly audience interaction. I would come if I was you.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the Fringe?
I spend my life in comedy clubs so I like to see circus and theatre stuff. I also like to watch the silent disco walking tours.
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.
Yeah I’ve done it before. 3 times with my sketch group Lead Pencil and once solo with my show ‘Nobody Puts Bibby in the Corner’.
The best thing to do is to focus on your own show and use it as an opportunity to get better at what you do. DO NOT imitate, people will notice. Be your brilliant self and use this incredible festival to grow as a unique performer. Also, eat some vegetables every now and then and visit the cat café. Cats help lower stress levels and they don’t bang on about their reviews.
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
I loved Joseph Morpurgo’s Hammerhead and how he blended stand-up, character comedy, improv and multimedia. These are all things I do so it was lush seeing someone do it so well. My first year in Edinburgh I was in Underbelly and Phoebe Waller-Bridge was doing Fleabag. It really was special but The Telegraph didn’t think so. 3 stars. Shame.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
One liner? That’s not really my style. In my last show I had a 5 minute megamix of tunes where I played several different birds including a desperate peacock, sassy flamingo and a rock ‘n roll pigeon. Took that all the way to The Musical Comedy Awards Final and bagged the Audience Favourite Award. I’m not really a Christmas Cracker comedian.
What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?
Jordan Brookes has really found originality in style and become a comedian’s comedian. I also loved Nate by Natalie Palamides.
What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?
Get your own house right – if you love what you are doing everything else seems fine. Even if someone is pissing in cups backstage at Underbelly and leaving them on the table (true story).
And for punters make sure you take a punt. Clue is in the name. Why see a comedian who will be touring in your local town next week when you could take a punt and find something new and exciting?
What would be your top three items every performer must take to the Fringe?
Ok when I was younger I would have said sunglasses, condoms and a secret bottle of gin to top up your drink in Pleasance Courtyard. Now I’m thinking – vitamins, comfortable shoes and some lovely pyjamas for your day off.
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
Feck knows I’m terrible at it! Probably talking to people genuinely rather than rehearsing a spiel and shouting it in their faces. Oh and a lanyard is kryptonite – do not flyer someone with a lanyard! Them’s the rules
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
My cats: Snoop Catty Cat and Bibby Smalls aka The Notorious C.A.T. I wrote a whole show about them then realised I was going to have to leave them behind for a month. I miss them when I pop out for milk so this will be tough.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Yes follow me but just on social media please otherwise it’s weird
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Cute Cat LOLz