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.
Chelsea Birkby: No More Mr Nice Chelsea
Location: Just the Tonic at The Caves – Just the Spare Room (Venue 88)
Dates: Aug 4th-14th, 16th-28th
Price: £7 Concessions £5
Hello! Tell us about yourself?
I’m Chelsea Birkby. Years ago when I started comedy I said I wanted my act to be Simon Amstell + Lena Dunham + Mr Blobby and the other day someone said “do you know what, I do see it”.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?
Reviews and audiences often call me sweet and innocent. I was MCing and someone heckled and I said “that’s it I’ll have to deal with this now. No more Mr Nice Chelsea”, and they laughed. I thought oh, I’m on to something here!
Tell us all about your show!
It’s an hour packed full of jokes, pop culture, philosophy and heart about where we learn to be nice and when it’s time to stop.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
Helen Bauer is a star, I can’t wait to see Leo Reich’s debut, Matt Hobs is brilliant and every year I love Alex Farrow’s shows. So many more!
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 but never with a solo show. My advice is go to see shows, all kinds of shows! Edinburgh has it all and I never feel more inspired. That and good shoes.
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
I think Olga Koch’s ‘Fight’ was perfect comedy storytelling, Alex Farrow’s ‘Philosophy Pig’ was thoughtful via non-stop jokes and David MckIver’s ‘Teleport’ was so silly and so moving.
Favourite one-liner you have done in a show and why?
“I hate when people say millennials can’t get on the property ladder because we spend all our money on avocados, can we please just put this whole avocado thing to bed? Because that’s where I keep my avocados I love them so much.”
I love it because it’s so stupid!
What three items are essential for a successful Fringe?
What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?
I HAVEN’T yet seen Eric Rushton’s show – ‘I had a dream and you were all in it’ – and am desperate to as his act is so different: thoughtful and yet clubby. And another Midlands pick is sketch group Good Kids with their hour ‘Appetite’, and Ben Lund-Conlon’s hour show about Buffy is like no other show I’ve seen (although somehow it’s one of TWO Buffy shows at the fringe this year!).
What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?
Mosque Kitchen at least twice a week. Karaoke! (The two actually don’t mix well).
Best thing about performing at the fringe?
It’s a month of the most exciting, fun and creative ideas and people in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, plus there’s veggie haggis.
The most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?
Riding out the ups and downs that come with putting yourself out there.
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
Playing hard to get/reverse psychology. How about saying: looking for a show? do NOT see this!
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
@chelseabirkby and my fave is Instagram (stories for the good stuff).
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Laughs, heart, outfit!