Funny At The Fringe – INTERVIEW – BRA Presents The News In Brief

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

BRA presents the News In Brief

Location, Dates and Time: 

Tuesday 6th 2-10-3.10 at the Ciao Roma Basement Function room

Wednesday 7th 22.30-23.30 CC Blooms Basement Lounge

Thursday 8th 20.45-21.45 Cage Match at the Subway Cowgate 

Price: Free

Ticket Link:

Hello. Tell us about BRA

Hello Holly. We are an all-female improv group and we are here to rock everyone’s collective socks off. 

How did you come up with the name of your show that you’re taking to the fringe?

We locked ourselves in a bunker for 48 hours and exhausted every bra related pun we could think of. In the final hour the female improv gods shined on us and the news in brief was born.

Tell us all about your show!

We are bringing the news as you’ve never seen it before-chaotic, silly, high energy and chock-a-block full of big, bold characters. We will let the audience decide on the day’s headlines and then take them on a journey inside and behind the news. We will even hold a press conference at the end where audience members can ask any burning questions about the day’s stories. 

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

We literally have a list as long as my arm of amazing acts we are looking forward to seeing. There’s a lot of improv on there-Baby Wants Candy, Susan Harrison, Snort, Abandoman as well as stand up- David O’Doherty who was one of our highlights last year and Suzi Ruffle. Were also excited to see our Hoopla pals Derek’s Mojo who are taking part in the Cage Match series!

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 is our first Fringe so we are equal parts excited and nervous! We are checking out other Phoenix interviews to pick up tips from seasoned pros!

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

As a team we go to see lots of improv, sketch and stand up so it’s hard to pick one. Lazy Susan are amazing-their sketches are so slick and on point and Carlo Richie, one half of the improv duo  the Bear Pack, did a really fun and unique stand up show combining his experience of being bisexual with his love of the Titanic.

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

The thing about the Fringe is that you don’t even really have to try-it’s such a warm and buzzing place with so much great comedy and theatre to see. We are in the ‘planning’ camp so like to have an idea of the main shows we want to see but then have loads of free time to take a chance on random shows. Josephine is also an oracle of knowledge on great shows to see-so get yourself a pal who has good taste and go to their recommendations.

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

  1. Nerves of steel
  2. Teddy to cry to if you have a bad show
  3. Great gang of pals to do your show with so nothing else matters.

Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

Dream audience members…..any of our lovely improv pals that we’ve met along the way would be nice. For me personally given that we’re in a Cage match if I could look out and see the man himself sitting front row I could die a happy lady. Preferable he would be dressed circa Con Air with a wind machine blowing his hair.

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

You can follow us at BRAimprov on Facebook and our shows are on the PBH Free Fringe site

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

Chaotic Silly Fun

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