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! Tell us about yourself Nick ?
Hi! My name’s Nick Horseman. I’m 37, married, live in London and am a part-time database administrator by day and a comedy rapper (or “crapper” if you will) by night.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?
I wanted a name that alluded to my style and the content of the show and, as a massive hip-hop fan, getting the rhyme scheme right – and keeping it interesting – in my songs is a really important thing for me. I hate bad or lazy rap and so I try to make sure that I mix up the pace of my flow and use as many inside-rhymes or multi-syllable rhymes in my stuff as I can. The Rhyme Scheme also pretty accurately describes my plans for the future – my “scheme” is, if at all possible, to “rhyme” for a living.
Tell us all about your show!
It’s about the stuff that’s happened to me over the past year. I got married in July 2018 and went off on honeymoon to Indonesia. Whilst we were there, there was a massive earthquake about 20 miles from the island we were staying on. It was pretty bad – 10,000 homes destroyed, over 500 people died – and we went from lounging on the beach sipping cocktails to using sunbeds as makeshift stretchers and fleeing for our lives. We saw some awful stuff. When we eventually got back to safety, I decided that I wasn’t going to waste any more time doing things I didn’t really want to do, quit my full-time day-job and started rapping.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
Last time I was here in 2017, I absolutely loved Ahir Shah’s show so I’ll definitely be booking tickets for his new one. Joe Jacobs is another comedy rapper that I really admire so I’m looking forward to seeing his show “Grimefulness”. I’m also really keen to see Tony Law, Katie Pritchard, Huge Davies and a character act I’ve seen recently on the circuit called Alpha Wolf.
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 used to be part of a double-act called Horse & Louis and we did a few runs at the Fringe between 2010-2014. The best advice we were ever given is “set realistic expectations”. Chances are the Fringe isn’t going to be your ‘big break’, simply because of the number of shows on offer here and the competition for audiences. If there’s something specific you want to achieve then put all your efforts into that one thing but don’t expect to set the world on fire.
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
Two of my favourite ever Fringe shows have been by Mat Ewins. The first time I saw him was in The Caves in (I think) 2011 and he did a bit where he got an audience member to bleep out his swearwords live onstage. It remains one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen – I thought I might pass out I was laughing so much. Then I saw him 2 years ago doing “Adventureman 7” and, again, it was utterly brilliant. Unfortunately, we clash this year so I can’t see his latest offering but he is an absolute genius.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
Musical comedy doesn’t really lend itself to one-liners but I’ve got a few lines in my songs that I’m really proud of. I do a song called ‘Gravy Boat’ which has a lyric that goes:
“This ship is part-a the “ahh-Bisto” armada”.
I do the “ahh” in a pirate voice and it’s just one of those lines that sort of wrote itself around the theme of the song so I’m pretty pleased with myself about that one.
What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?
The two best shows I’ve seen in preview have been Joey Page’s and Nathan Cassidy’s. Joey’s is weird and wonderful – as Joey is himself – whilst Nathan’s is really cleverly put together with a very satisfying ending. Big fan of both those guys.
What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the Fringe?
Pace yourself. In terms of everything: shows, drinking, deep-fried haggis intake. It’s a long month. Don’t blow yourself out and lose your voice in the first week (I’ve learnt this the hard way…several times).
What would be your top three items every performer must take to the Fringe?
A waterproof jacket. A decent pair of shoes (preferably waterproof). Paracetomol (in a waterproof case/box).
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
Try and actually speak to people about the show, don’t just thrust a flyer in their faces.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
El-P. Doing a guest appearance on a Run The Jewels track would mean I could die happy.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
I’m on Twitter as @rociouspun – a handle that I alternate between deeply regretting and being thoroughly proud of.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Funny rap bangers.