Funny At The Fringe – INTERVIEW –Micky Overman: Small Deaths

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.

Micky Overman: Small Deaths

Location:   Monkey Barrel Comedy (The Hive) – Hive 2 (Venue 313 )

Dates: Aug 1st-14th, 16th-28th

Time: 18:10

Price: £10

Ticket Link:

Hello! Tell us about yourself? 

I’m a stand-up comedian, writer and podcast host originally from the Netherlands. When I’m not performing stand-up or podcasting, I’m mostly doing silly sketches online which I love doing and highly recommend you check out! (This year’s show is about learning to stand up for myself, so I’m using that as motivation to plug my stuff everywhere)

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

If you’re a French speaker, you probably already know. If not, maybe do a google.

Tell us all about your show!

This year’s show is about confidence and finding the courage to stand up for myself. Ever since starting stand-up I’ve really struggled with imposter syndrome so this show is about trying to defeat that whilst mostly talking about Patrick Swayze. I also discuss the beauty industry, targeted ads, sex drive and the reality of having a body. And I’ll try doing it all without apologising! Hope that’s okay! 

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

Sarah Keyworth, who I host a podcast with, always does the most amazing shows. Heidi Regan is one of the smartest and silliest comics you will ever encounter and her show this year should win Best Title (is that a category?). If you’re looking for a great debut show you should see Patrick Spicer’s show. Also Ania Magliano. If you like sketch: go see Crizards. And so many others: Sunil Patel, Helen Bauer, Sean McLoughlin – I could literally go on and 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 third show at the Fringe and the best advice I’ve been given is: you’ll be spending more time on stage this month alone than you do almost all year, so if you measure the success of this Festival by how much better you’re going to get then you’re Fringe is going to be a slam-dunk.

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

Sean McLoughlin’s Hail Mary was so good and is available on YouTube and everyone should see it. Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette. Also Janine Harouni’s Stand Up With Janine Harouni. Sam Campbell’s show The Trough was one of my favourite shows I’ve ever seen ever. Hey, how great is the Fringe?!

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

Male feminists are like clowns at a birthday party: they’re supposed to be a part of it but they’re creepy.

That’s the only one-liner I could think of? I’m not really a one-liner comic, but hey that one’s pretty good!

What three items are essential for a successful Fringe? 

Courage, friends and delusion

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

I saw Tim Key’s show at Soho Theatre and it just walked you through his pandemic which was such a simple concept, but it was incredibly creative and original. I loved it. 

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

This may be because I’m no longer 21 years old, but get some sleep. Honestly, try it. I really recommend sleeping at night, but any time you can really, do it. If you’re not sleeping – maybe eat a vegetable. I promise, when you are not delirious and under-nurtured, it’s gonna change how you see all the shows you want to see.

The best thing about performing at the fringe?

The opportunity to create a full-length show, I mean, I really love making shows. The Fringe also has the added benefit of being the thing you do instead of a holiday, which is really great if you hate sun and relaxing.

The most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?

If you’re like me and you suffer from imposter syndrome – there is no place worse, actually. So many performers. So many shows. Oh god. What am I doing?

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

Rain jacket, coffee thermos, Instagram mute button

What’s the secret to successful flyering? 

Please let me know if you find out.

Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

Kristen Wiig. I love her so much and wouldn’t it be literally the best thing ever if she saw my comedy? Or Amy Poehler. Or Mindy Kaling.

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

@mickyoverman on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok

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

It is good!

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