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.
Troy Hawke : Sigmund Troy’d!
Location: Underbelly, Bristo Square – Jersey (Venue 302)
Dates: Aug 3th-14th, 16th-28th
Price: £10.50 Concession £9.50
Hello, tell us about yourself?
I’m a person who performs stand up comedy in character as a way to separate my personal and onstage identity and validate myself through audience response at a lesser risk to my core being (in a nutshell). That’s the theory anyway.
How did you come up with the name of the show?
Before I started stand up comedy I was training to be a psychotherapist and with this show I wanted to blend the two. When I started writing some material about Freud it was a no brainer.
Tell us all about your show?
Troy runs into a few circumstances where the world doesn’t react to him the way he feels it should and he comes to the unlikely conclusion that he may be the problem. So begins a comedic and exploration of his own mind and some generic psychological issues people face, with direct face to face experimentation and exploration in the real world…as well as crossing swords with a psychotherapist. Having been both therapist and client at various points in my life I decided to poke fun at both sides. I’ve been running the show in for a while now and having a great deal of fun with it and was lucky enough this year to win best show at the Leicester Comedy festival with it.
Have you done the fringe before? Key pieces of advice?
I’m not sure how useful generic advice is to first time fringe goers as the whole experience just kind of envelops you into its little bubble. It’s pretty hard not to just float along in this surreal new environment for the first time getting sucked into everything. There’s obviously basics about hydration and shit like that but generally the best piece of advice I could give (that will be 100% ignored) is not to take anything too seriously because literally very little of it will matter by mid-September.
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
I love anything that subverts my expectations and on that note David Correos and Hedluv and Passman really stand out for me as shows I visited several times over various fringes. Shows where you go again a second and third time because you want to be there when people you’ve brought and talked about it to endlessly see it for the first time. David Correos is a guy that is beyond description so i won’t even bother but I watched his show about four times with various people in 2018. Hedluv and Passman are Cornish rappers and are everything you could possibly want from an act with that description. I’m sure I’ll find another one this year.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
‘One person’s Botticelli is another’s Heronymous Bosch’ and I love it because there’s about a 5% chance people will have heard of the latter but when they have it’s a lovely visual image.
What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?
See as much as possible, let yourself get swept up by the energy of the place but don’t take anything too seriously.
The best thing about performing at the fringe?
All of your friends in one place for the whole month. The energy in the air…developing over the month as a performer, no matter how far into performing you are.
The most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?
The first half of the third week always seems to drag regardless of how everything is going. TAKING EVERYTHING TOO SERIOUSLY.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Scrabble comedy genius