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.
Nick Everritt: Quiet
Location: Paradise In The Vault – The Vault (Venue 29 )
Dates: Aug 6th-13th, 15th-20th
Price: £5 Concession £2.50
Hello Nick! Tell us about yourself?
Well shucks, what can I say? I’m a regular guy. A real average Joe. I like to drink a few cold ones with the boys while I watch the game. On stage I have a ‘shy and creepy’ comedic persona and my appearance has been described (by me) as ‘assassin-esque’.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?
The first half of the title (Nick Everritt) was inspired by it being my name. The second half (Quiet) was inspired by it being my defining character trait. I hope the title encourages reviewers to attend as it tees them up for misanthropic zingers along the lines of “The show was Quiet…As, indeed, were the audience!”.
Tell us all about your show!
On paper the theme of the show is shyness. In reality the show is a spoof of a stand-up hour, lovingly mocking the tropes of an Edinburgh show. Featuring perfunctory crowd work, a series of ice-breaking gags relating to my physical appearance, a lengthy ‘Tinder bit’ and an emotionally resonant finale lacking in both emotion and resonance.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
I look forward to seeing the shows of my friends and acquaintances. By seeing their shows I hope to plant the seed of guilt in their minds so they have to see mine in return.
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 did the Fringe in 2018 and 2019. My advice is to recognise that it’s a marathon, not a sprint. It’s a long month, and during that time you’ll go through the full gamut of emotions, from fear to dejection to anger to despair and all the way back to fear again. So enjoy it and have fun!
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
I enjoy the alternative comedy stylings of the likes of Jordan Brookes, John Kearns and Mat Ewins because I’m an intelligent and interesting man and I’m not very successful with women.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
I have a joke where I describe a harsh and profane heckle I received, with the punchline being that the heckler was in fact my own mother. I enjoy the way giving the audience additional pertinent information (‘pulling back’, if you will) changes the complexion of the scene described (or ‘reveals’, as it were).
What three items are essential for a successful Fringe?
1) A trusty CASIO* F-91W watch, a staple companion for any aspiring stand-up. *Other brands of watch are available**. **But they’re not as good.
2) A water bottle, to stay hydrated on those gruelling pre-show flyering shifts!
3) Inherited wealth.
What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?
Ken Cheng’s and Ted Hill’s shows. I enjoyed their shows in particular because they’re superb comedians and also my flatmates.
What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?
Don’t be a comedian. See some shows, have a few drinks, catch up with friends. Perfecto! (The reader should note that as I type ‘perfecto’ I’m doing a chef’s kiss).
The best thing about performing at the fringe?
The laughter of strangers acts as a potent surrogate for more meaningful human interactions. Perfecto! (The reader should note that as I type ‘perfecto’ I’m doing a chef’s kiss).
The most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?
The occasional realisation that if I’d spent the time and money I put into comedy on something more productive I’d have a wife and kids by now.
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
I stand perfectly still, flyer in hand, arm outstretched, thousand-yard-stare upon my pallid face. If someone doesn’t take a flyer I pretend they didn’t see me. With this technique I can flyer for hours with only a gradual erosion of my self-esteem!
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Doja Cat. Superb musician. She simply does not miss!
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Facebook (@NickEverrittComedy), Instagram (nickeverritt) and Twitter (@NickEverritt).
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
SHOW GOOD FUNNY