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 Nicky! Tell us about yourself?
Hey! I’m Nicky Wilkinson. I’m an actor and stand-up comedian. I’m also one half of physical comedy duo, The Kagools. I love nice humans and sausage rolls.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?
I think it was batting some ideas around with my boyfriend after a few pints. Obviously it would have been me that came up with the final title though and I should receive all the credit. I thank you.
Tell us all about your show!
It’s all about me and my competitive streak, and how that’s not always such a great thing. I’m lucky to have the hilarious and ridiculously talented Bethan Story directing, so I’m super happy that I’ve got her by my side to help whip it/me into shape. The Mickey Goldmill to my Rocky, if you like. It’s a super fun show with stand-up, games, and prizes.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
Dr Lara Love, Hayley Ellis, Javier Jarquin, Mick Neven, Bart Freebairn, Maisie Adam. Ooo, I can’t wait to see Rob Rouse and his gorgeous wife, Helen, in a play they wrote together called ‘Funny in Real Life’. Rob Deering’s Beat This will be fun – I’m going to guest on that. Me old mate from Hull, Jack Gleadow’s debut hour will be rocking aaaand… Gawd, there’s too many!
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.
This will be my 11th time performing at the fringe in the last 24 years. I did 3 years as a kid with my high school, which was super fun, and I’ve done 8 years as an ‘adult’. My advice would be the advice I try to give people in life – just have fun, try to learn something every day and don’t be a dick.
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
Tim Key: Masterslut – where he dives in the bath, it was so beautifully inventive.
Paul Currie: FFFFFFFFMILK – I could watch him for hours.
The Kagools: Tutti – I’m allowed this one, right? Okay, I’m one half of The Kagools but this was a proper fun show to perform in and definitely my favourite so far. We also won the Best Comedy Show award from Amused Moose in Edinburgh 2017, which is in my all time favourite Edinburgh moments.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
I don’t really do one liners, I’m more of a story teller in my stand-up and in my double act, well, we don’t speak.
What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?
I saw Jordan Brooks in Melbourne earliest this year. That was something else! Other than that I haven’t had too much time to see stuff this year, I’m hoping to catch loads more shows at the Fringe, so ask me again in a month.
What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?
I love the Fringe. I really like just having a couple of pints after my show – I’m a really sociable person so I properly soak it all up. Having said that, it’s good to get out the bubble for enjoyment sometimes too. Last year I went to Nando’s and then onto the cinema with me mate, Hayley Ellis. We’re going to make it a yearly thing, so feel free to join us.
What would be your top three items every performer must take to the fringe?
Yoga mat (never used it but like to take it every year so I look smug when I unpack).
Some thick skin.
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
Get someone who’s good to do it for you.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
I think it would be Julie Walters. I’d love her to see my show and then we could go for a glass of wine afterwards.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
We’ll. Have. Fun.