Funny At The Fringe – INTERVIEW -Hannah Pilkes: A Woman on the Verge

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.

Hannah Pilkes: A Woman on the Verge

credit: Jennifer Mein Mein Lin

Location:   Underbelly, Bristo Square – Dexter (Venue 302 )

Dates: Aug 3rd-14th, 16th-29th

Time: 19:15

Price: £11 Concessions £10

Ticket Link:

Hello! Tell us about yourself?

Hi! I’m Hannah Pilkes! I’m a comedian and writer from New York! And I’m stoked to be here!

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

It’s a show about being untethered in some way or another, and the many shapes that takes!

Tell us all about your show!

It’s a show about how we’re all kind of on the verge! Sometimes that’s on the verge of a mental breakdown, but sometimes it’s a breakthrough (new love, a job, a mental obstacle). It’s an exploration of that space where you’re hanging by a thread!! But through a comedic lens, finding catharsis with the audience in our collective, overcommitted lives. It’s really wacky and silly and a celebration of cringe, discomfort, and well… mess!

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

Rob Auton’s The Crowd Show (I loved his Time show in 2019); Emily Wilson, Jake Cornell, Atsuko Okatsuka, Patti Harrison (and 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.

Yes! I performed there in 2019. But this is my solo debut. My biggest pieces of advice would be:
pace yourself, see as many shows as you can, drink water (something I have to regularly remind myself to do), and go have a bite and a drink at Piccolino (they’re really nice).

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

I’m loving doing this show! I love performing at Union Hall in New York and at the Elysian in Los Angeles. I also performed at the Telluride Festival in Colorado with Rob Huebel which was a blast.

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

If you’re looking for one-liners, my show might not be it, but you can draw a tattoo on my stomach and served a beer from an imaginary brew pub!

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

I just saw Alex Edelman’s show Just for Us which I loved – so poignant, funny and packed with masterful storytelling.

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

Eat crepes, lay in the meadows and consume as much art as you can.

The best thing about performing at the fringe?

AMAZING audiences, growth as a performer, building community!

the most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?

Doing a show every single day!

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

Reusable water bottle, inhaler (if you’re asthmatic like me) and comfy shoes.

what’s the secret to successful flyering?

You tell me!

Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

Someone who is super willing to play along and be a part of the immersive elements, who has a
great loud laugh. Is Molly Shannon here?

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

Instagram, TikTok and Twitter @hannahpilkes! You can see more of my character videos there.

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

Because it rocks

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