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.
Will Duggan: Iceberg
Location: Pleasance Courtyard – The Cellar (Venue 33)
Dates: Aug 3rd-14th, 16th-28th
Price: £9.50 Concessions £8.50
Hello! Tell us about yourself?
Hello. I’m Will Duggan, a comedian originally from the Midlands currently based in Brighton. I am bald. And nice.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?
The show this year is about anger, and the things we are angry about both internally and externally. Like an Iceberg.
Tell us all about your show!
I think of myself as perhaps an angry person. But I think that a lot of people are more angry than they show day to day. So the show is about the things that make us angry versus the things that should make us angry. And why.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
I’m looking forward to seeing loads of acts. Stand up is a pretty close community so I’ve heard so many great things about so many shows. Shows that I’ve seen in preview and loved include Josh Pugh, Rachel Fairburn, Maisie Adam, Garrett Millerick and John Hastings.
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’ve been at the Fringe in one capacity or the other every year since 2011. I suppose the only advice I can give to someone going for the first time is, it’s a great festival, there’s so much fun to be had. So whilst of course it’s important to work hard and do the best job you can, you should definitely take time to enjoy yourself. But maybe don’t stay out drinking until 5am every morning. Unless you want to. I’m not your dad.
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
Oh so many. I’ve loved everything Mat Ewins has ever done. Sean McLoughlin’s show ‘Hail Mary’ was the show I laughed at more than any other. Romesh Ranganathan’s show Rom-Com was just superb. And like every other British comedian I love James Acaster.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
I can’t even be bothered to be apathetic anymore. I love that joke, but audiences don’t always agree. But it never fails to make me laugh.
The most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?
It can be so tiring. And I’m yet to have a year when I don’t inexplicably lose my voice for a very stressful 24 hour period.
What would be your top three items every performer must take to the fringe?
Suncream. Umbrella. Phone charger.
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
I’d love it if American comedian John Mulaney came to my show. Though if he didn’t like it I would never recover.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
I’m on twitter @willduggan and instagram @will_dug. I should probably get on tiktok to share my clips but I’m 35 and frankly can’t be bothered.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
I need it.