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 Tim ?
I’m a gay stand-up comedian, actor and writer originally from Sandusky, Ohio. I lived in NYC for seven years, but I now live in LA.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Fringe?
It’s taken from a segment on my podcast, Slumber Party, that I host with my comedian friend, Peter Kim. Halfway through the recording we always go… WAIT! Let’s have fun! As if we have forgotten about having fun all this time. I love it, because it reflects my personality (I’m a constant work horse. I’m doing three shows this fringe) and I think it reflects the anxious feeling going around the world right now. We can’t control who is in charge of our countries right now today and we can’t fix climate change over night, but for this hour… we can remember to have fun before we dive back into changing the world!
Tell us all about your show!
“Wait… Let’s Have Fun!” is an hour of stand-up and non-stop laughs revolving around my constant need to be like the popular tween girls I grew up with. I talk about being cat-fished by someone pretending to be Britney Spears on the internet, being bullied by an 11 year old girl while working her birthday party and surviving my current day job: teaching acting at a school for child models.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
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 performed in Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody last year and it was the time of my life. I’d say see as many things as you can. Make friends with those casts, because it’s such an incredible gift to be able to meet new artists all over the world and when you see people’s shows they come to yours! It’s such a supportive community of strangers here, which is so nice! And that’s how word of mouth gets out about your show.
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
The hardest I’ve ever laughed in my life was at Kate Berlant’s show at Fringe last year. She is the funniest person in the world and she’s so fearless on stage. You feel like she’s taking you along for the ride and nothing could rattle her.
Also you run a podcast – tell us all about it and who your favourite guests have been to date?
Slumber Partypodcast is one of my favorite things in my life right now! Brilliant comedian and my good Judy Peter Kim hosts with me and we unlock memories from LGBTQ+a performers from sleepovers when we were kids. We do an adult re-do of everything we had to hide as kids. Trixie Mattel was our favorite guest, because she’s obviously the funniest person alive. Other great episodes were with Michael Henry, Soju and Mano Agapian. All of the episodes are great. People always uncover memories they have forgotten about and it’s so exciting and hilarious to recount these awkward times of our lives!
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
I have a bit about my mom being the most popular person I know and one night when she was in the audience I told my joke: “My mom called me tell me she went to dinner and the waiter was a gay fella. I was like ‘cool! I just took a yoga class and the teacher was a mom! Do you know her?” after the laughter from that died down I added… “and she did!”. It came to me as I was looking at her friendly face and it brings me great joy!
What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?
What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?
Drink!! Kidding. Sort of. I do enjoy getting a drink and socializing with other performers and I love going to see shows all day. See as much as you can and embrace this weird little month of your life where you sort of get to go to adult theatre camp!
What would be your top three items every performer must take to the fringe?
A RAIN JACKET, a water bottle and a pair of headphones to drown out the silent disco, which is the worst thing that has ever happened to humanity and I DO think they should be ashamed of themselves!
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
Just talk to people. Don’t try to shove a flyer in their face or seem too desperate. I try to just talk to people about what they’ve seen and strike up a real conversation so they actually enjoy my presence. Then you can give them a flyer and it always works. If someone likes talking to you they want to support you. If you’re desperately shoving a flyer at them and pitching your show in ten seconds they’re going to be turned off. Flyering is like dating. Lead with charm, get consent, be respectful. Treat them how you would want to be treated and they will want to see your show.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
RuPaul. Hands down. I would actually poop in my pants, which would be very tough for the audience, because I am performing in an enclosed dungeon.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
@TMurray06 on every platform! 2006 is the year I was born! Yeah, I’m 13! SO WHAT!?!?
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Belly laughing FUN!