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.
The Idiot Circus: Death is Coming
Location: Assembly George Square Gardens – Piccolo (Venue 3)
Dates: Aug 3rd-14th, 16th-21th, 23rd-28th
Price: £13.50 Concessions £12.50
Hello! Tell us about yourself?
Hello. My name is Nick and I’m the singer songwriter for the cabaret band ‘the iDiOT CIRCUS’. We’re four guys who play instruments and sing songs and wear straw boater hats, or horns or white face paint and sometimes furry trousers.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?
‘Death is Coming’ Is the title of one of the song, and it’s just macabre enough to pass muster.
Tell us all about your show!
It’s 50 mins of original songs and existential banter on themes like loneliness, drunkenness, revolution, getting lost up a hill and, of course, death.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
Reuben Kaye- the band were there at his very first gig, and now look at him! My friend Yom de Trinis’ show ‘I Hate New York’, and of course, my wife Mel’s show ‘Hot Dogs & Tears, which is a stand up hour about her upbringing in America’s South. She makes me laugh and cry and was well worth marrying.
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.
We have never played the Fringe before, we have no idea what we are doing, and it would reckless and irresponsible to give advice to anyone.
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
I saw ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ in LA recently, and loved it. I always bore the arse off everyone about how amazing Complicité’s ‘Mnemonic’ was.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
I can’t remember my lines at the best of time. I’m trying to remember the lyrics to the songs as it is.
What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?
To be honest, I haven’t really seen any comedy this year. I live in Los Angeles, and no matter how much you want to see something, the idea of sitting traffic for hours on end is so overwhelming, it always turns out to be better staying in and petting your dogs.
What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?
Having never played it before, I’m assuming it’s something like to see as much as you can, eat whatever you like, and stay hydrated.
The best thing about performing at the fringe?
Hopefully getting better at it. And collaborating with other people on other people’s shows.
The most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?
We live in LA, Portugal and London, so you can imagine the organising gymnastics.
What would be your top three items every performer must take to the fringe?
I’m taking a ukulele, my wife and some prescription medications, is that helpful?
what’s the secret to successful flyering?
I’m guessing it would be something in the area of getting as many flyers to as many people as possible, but not being an expert I’m open to suggestion
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
You think it would be David Bowie, but then again, I might find that all a bit overwhelming.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
We are on the ‘Gram,
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Quirky, Musical and macabre.