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.
I Miss Amy Winehouse
Location: Paradise In The Vault – The Annexe (Venue 29)
Dates: Aug 6th-13th, 15th-20th, 22nd-28th
Price: £5 Concessions £4
Hello! Tell us about yourself?
Hi there, I’m Suchandrika (it’s Sanskrit and means “beautiful moon”) and I’m a comedian & writer from where London meets Essex (essentially, Romford) (okay, not even Romford, its more obscure neighbour Hornchurch) (it is on the tube, though) (Zone 6).
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?
It just dropped into my mind, fully-formed, like all the best titles do.
Tell us all about your show!
It’s about nostalgia and celebrity and partying in 2000s Camden and grief… over the course of an hour, with the help of slides, Amy Winehouse songs and a hologram of the late Robert Kardashian, I aim to find the solution to longing… I’m feeling pretty confident about figuring it out! There may be some time travel too.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
Oh so many! I was lucky enough to get onto the latest Edinburgh Labs at Soho Theatre, and my classmates are taking some absolute bangers up to Fringe: look out for my fellow non-Essex girl Kristin Mcilquham, Posey Mehta, Michael Kunze, Chelsea Birkby, Sid Singh, Phil Green, Eleanor Higgins, Ted Hill, Anu Vaidyanthan, Nobumi Kobayashi… keep an eye out for our epic class flyer! Outside of my Labs gang, I’ve got tickets for Jacqueline Kovak, Patti Harrison and the Trusty Hogs live recording.
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 not brought a show up before, so I might not be in the best position to dispense advice. When things get a bit much, I’m planning to get some sea air at Portobello Beach.
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
I’m not sure if anything will ever beat the comedy all-nighter hosted by Ed Byrne that my friends and I went to back in 2003, my first time at the Fringe. I was just amazed that you could watch comedy (and drink) all night! When we tumbled out blinking into the sunrise, I had a tiny sneaking suspicion that I’d quite like to do this… jump cut to 17 years later…
Other than that, Jess Fostekew’s Hench is great, and so is Janine Harouni’s Stand Up with Janine Harouni (Please Remain Seated).
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
If I’ve ever done a one liner, it was probably by accident!
What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?
I’ve seen previews by Sikisa, Sami Abu Wardeh and Alex Farrow that surprised and delighted me!
What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?
By remembering that a lot of what happens is out of your hands, so go and see other shows, slag off your nemesis in your Whatsapp chats and find that elusive remedy for hangovers. That last one could be how you make your millions.
The best thing about performing at the fringe?
20+ hours of stage time! Not only will I improve, I will positively thrive under that much attention – provided I can get an audience in.
The most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?
The financial pressures, bumping into people you know after climbing a hill while eating, not falling in love with everyone who has a nice accent.
What would be your top three items every performer must take to the fringe?
Generational wealth, a way to charge your phone while climbing hills while eating, a raincoat with sunblock in a pocket.
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
Think about how a happy audience member would describe your show to someone else when they get home from the Festival. Better yet, try your spiel on friends and get them to pick out the most memorable bits, then go hard on those elements.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
They can indeed. @suchandrika on Insta, @suchandrikac on Twitter and TikTok, bonus points if you can find my secret Bebo.com account.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Hologram Robert Kardashian