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.
Location: Assembly George Square Studios – Studio Four (Venue 17)
Dates: Aug 3-28th
Price: £11 concessions £10
Hello! Tell us about yourself?
We are Crizards, the UK’s lowest energy double act. We are taking an ill-advised cowboy themed show with songs to the Fringe this year.
How did you come up with the name of your show that you’re taking to the fringe?
Well, in the show we dress up as cowboys. So after a lengthy brainstorming session (5 mins) we came up with the name ‘Cowboys’. Then we went for ice cream.
Tell us all about your show!
The show is us putting on a poorly researched cowboy themed story, with songs. Will (one of the Crizards) and Eddy (the other Crizard) argue about whether the cowboy show should include references to Will’s break up of a long term relationship.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
So many actually it’s gonna be a good year. Patrick Spicer, Ania Magliano, and Rob Copand are all doing their first Fringe hours of stand up and they bust us up (laughing). Helen Bauer, Sunil Patel, Nick Elleray, Heidi Regan, Micky Overman, and Sam Nicoresti are all brilliant stand ups and we can’t wait to see what they will be bringing up. Also there is a boy called Neil O’Rourke doing an under the radar run of free fringe shows and he’s a seriously funny boy. And many many more great acts.
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.
Yes we’ve been a few times doing various things. Student plays (for our sins), stand up split bills etc. Honestly, the biggest tip would be macaroni pies. Energy dense and cheap as hell. Oh and also it’s really about talking to people and being nice to them.
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
Years ago we did a show to one man at the Brighton Fringe. Lovely guy called Simon, designed parts for dishwashers. Helped me fix my Bosch.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
A cowboy says there’s a snake in my boot. But a snake would say there’s a foot in my house. Perspective is everything in the wild west.
This was the joke that lay the groundwork for writing a cowboy show in the first place. It’s silly.
What three items are essential for a successful Fringe?
A lightweight raincoat. A macaroni pie. A cowboy hat (warning: does not apply if not putting on a cowboy show).
What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?
I (Will) just watched Jacqueline Novak’s show Get on Your Knees in London. She treats the subject matter (fellatio) with such intelligence and inventiveness. Really puts dressing up as a cowboy for a month into perspective.
What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?
Macaroni pie in the rain.
What is the best thing about performing at the fringe?
Bumping into your friends on the street constantly.
What is the most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?
Avoiding my nemesis (the other Crizard).
What would be your top three items every performer must take to the fringe?
A brilliant script containing up to 7 laughs a minute. A little black book with the numbers of all the industry movers and shakers. A pie containing macaroni cheese.
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
We are some of the worst flyerers who ever lived, so in our case the secret is to not do it.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
The President of Hollywood, who gives us the budget to make a real western film which is critically panned and commercially unsuccessful but enjoys a brief revival 5 years later amongst arts students, leading to a novel being written about it, which is adapted into a 3 part HBO mini-series. We get to go to the Emmys and eat canapes.
If people want to find out more about you, where can they follow you on social media?
@crizards on Instagram and Twitter
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Cowboys are wicked.