Funny At The Fringe – INTERVIEW – Nick Elleray: Passionate About Compromise

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!

Nick Elleray: Passionate About Compromise

Location:  PBH’s Free Fringe @ Legends – Upstairs (Venue 96)

Dates: Aug  6th-28th

Time: 20:35

Price: Free

Ticket Link:


Hello! Tell us about yourself? 

Hello yourself. I’m Nick Elleray, a stand-up comic whose delivery was described by Chortle as ‘aridly dry’, which I could honestly not object to.

How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?

I liked the phrase ‘Passionate About Compromise’ and the inherent contradiction in it, but tradition dictated that it be prefixed with a name and a colon. I workshopped “Emily Bronte: Passionate About Compromise”, “Paul Hogan: Passionate About Compromise” and other variations but none felt quite right. In the end, I thought “why not use your own name??? you are talking about yourself for nearly an hour!!!! LOL!!!”  and I cheekily ran with “Nick Elleray: Passionate About Compromise”.

Tell us all about your show!

Gee, it’s really funny, I have to say that. It doesn’t “tackle” or “explore” anything, but there’s definitely time spent on love, status and loneliness. If you think any of those things can be funny, you’ll probably enjoy it.

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?

The Crizards boys always make me laugh, they’re unique and they’re debuting this year. As is Patrick Spicer, who’s so inventive and fun. The people I will always go and see are Heidi Regan, Micky Overman, Helen Bauer, Neil O’Rourke, John Kearns, Sunil Patel. I’m gravitating towards Monkey Barrel as a venue, they have a heck of a lot of good stuff on.

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. 

This is my fourth solo show, August is increasingly beginning to feel like an elaborate form of self-harm. 

My advice is to bring several pairs of shoes. You’ll want to change it up.

What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why? 

The Delightful Sausage (any year). They’re crass and absurd and fully embrace it.

The Doug Anthony Allstars (2017): I didn’t expect them to be THAT good.

Mat Ewins (2018): All his shows are great and incredibly stupid, but I think this was the one with the impossible sea-shanty singalong.

Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?

I’m not really a one-liner guy, but in this show I do have “you wouldn’t describe me as bubbly, unless I was drowning”.

What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?

Tim Key’s Mulberry. Is it stand-up or theatre or poetry or something else? Dead funny, whatever it is. 

What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?

Plan your time rigidly but then just go with the flow, man.

The best thing about performing at the fringe?

 Walking to work.

The most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?

The frequency of the existential crises.

What would be your top three items every performer must take to the fringe?

Your ATM card, your backpack, your other possessions.

What’s the secret to successful flyering? 

I did a show with Ben Clover once and his flyering advice was to go for “couples, people with glasses, nobody wearing a football top” and for the Three Sisters courtyard, that was a pretty useful guide.

Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

 Anyone who likes comedy with an “aridly dry” delivery.

If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?

@nickelleray Twitter

And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show? 

I’d like that.

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