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!
Bex’s Chainsaw Moussaka
Location: Laughing Horse @ City Cafe – Nineties (Venue 85)
Dates: Aug 20th-28th
Hello! Tell us about yourself?
I am comedian Bex Turner and previously I was Quarter Finalist for Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2018 and in the same year I received the Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe Bursary. I also currently produce and M.C. a surreal comedy night in Brighton called CLOGG. My stand-up is eccentric and often with an awkward high energy delivery to it.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?
The name comes from a remark that an audience member made when I first started my comedy career, they said I was like a ‘porcelain doll with a chainsaw’. That was the title of my 2019 work in progress show that then inspired my recent 2022 title of ‘Bex’s Chainsaw Moussaka’.
Tell us all about your show!
It’s a stand-up show with a little bit of everything. In the show I try to avoid the usual Fringe clichés such as a moral message 3/4 of the way in, telling you about my new baby…but- if you’re lucky -they’ll be some meaty layers between those aubergines. The show is broken into three sections of quick-fire jokes, observations and wordplay separated by characters and impressions. Come with me on an unexpected whimsical journey as I try to embrace my neurodiverse side. The show explores how it affected me growing up, how it affects me now and whether I need to change?
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
I’m looking forward to ‘Eliott Simpson: (A)Sexy and I Know It’. They’re gathering good hype. Also ‘Biscuit Barrel: Wafering Heights‘. They’ve gone from strength to strength, have a great flyering ethic and are a wonderfully funny sketch group!
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 have visited the Fringe in the past but mostly came to watch and do spots on lineups. This year is the first time I’m performing a solo show. One of the pieces of advice I received was to treat all acts with equal respect. Don’t dismiss a fellow performer your talking to at a social event when you spot a celebrity that you could suck up to.
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
Some of my favourite previous shows have been ‘Vanilla’ by Meryl O’Rourke, anything by Colin Hoult and any Troy Hawke show.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
I don’t have love handles, I have shag rails! It’s my favourite one liner as it’s one of the earliest jokes I wrote, rarely fails and it’s excellent at grabbing the audience’s attention.
What three items are essential for a successful Fringe?
Well designed flyers/posters, nothing can put you off a show more than low-res jpgs. A catchy show title. My 2018 show was called ‘Rice T*ts’, I’d shout it out when flyering and it got a solid giggle from punters. Eating as many Mac & Cheese pies as possible.
What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?
In Her Shoes by Alex Beighton and Farah Sharp. It’s a stand-up show with a cool ‘Freaky Friday’ twist. Clare Jarvis: A Split Personality Diva, they have a fun show plus she’s a top notch singer. Like my show it has a little bit of everything! Finally for a 90s nostalgia hit ‘Phil Green: 90s Boy – Blair, the Lovegun and Me. Which like my show delves briefly into neurodiverse topics.
What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?
Being a big nerd and chatting about comedy with other comedians, meeting acts you’ve only met online and enjoying the atmosphere.
The best thing about performing at the fringe?
The excitement you get from creating a show that has appealed to a random member of public.
The most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?
Performing to an audience of silent people. They’re usually enjoying the show but they’re not very vocal with the laughs. It can make you feel extremely lonely on stage and it leaves more room for nervous mistakes.
What would be your top three items every performer must take to the fringe?
Comfy shoes, spare flyers (in case of printing issues), spare cash in case of an emergency.
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
Observing body language and picking just the right person or group to flyer.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
My ultimate audience member is one who instantly get’s my weirdness and what story I’m trying to get across…or Su Pollard.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
On Twitter and Instagram I’m @bexturnercomedy, my Facebook fanpage is: @RebekkaTurnerComedy.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
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