Funny At The Fringe – INTERVIEW – Christian Brighty: Playboy

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!

Christian Brighty: Playboy

Credit: Ben Meadows

Location:  Pleasance Courtyard – Pleasance Below (Venue 33)

Dates: Aug 3rd-9th, 11th-16th, 18th-28th

Time: 21:40

Price: £12 Concessions £10

Ticket Link:

Hello! Tell us about yourself? 

Hello! I am comedian, Tiktokker and heartthrob Christian Brighty. 

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

I came up with the name “Playboy” before I had anything for the show! Playboy was a sort of pun on the show being really playful. I wanted to make a very clowny show, with lots of different characters. I was going to play a policeman, Mr Smiffy (the joke shop inventor), I had a bit with where my neighbour Andre 3000 from Outkast knocks on my door asking for sugar. It would have been great. But this show is much better.

Tell us all about your show!

Christian Brighty: Playboy is a live comedy period drama. It has all the drama of Poldark, with self-interested moody men staring out to sea for whole days on end, and all the romance of Pride & Prejudice, complete with rejection and surprise betrothals. But it also has the sauciness of the best ‘Bodice Ripper’ books and Bridgerton, celebrating the naughtiness in the genre! Performed by Matthew Baynton, if Matthew Baynton really wanted to fuck you.

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

There are so many! But top on my list are Joz Norris: Blink, Luke Rollason: Bowerbird, Frankie Thompson: Catts! The Musical, Julia Masli: CHOOSH!, The Lovely Boys, fellow TikTok geniuses The Sugarcoated Sisters, and The Flop!

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 performed three times, but I used to go up and work as a flyerer to make a bunch of cash. The happiest I’ve been at fringe is when I’ve seen as many shows as possible, and drunken less than I wanted to. Leave Edinburgh on your days off. 

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

I miss parts about an earlier version of the show, which were all performed outdoors. I used to set off a firework in my crotch to bust out of a chastity belt, and then would light a cigarette from it. I’ve never felt so sexy in my life! But apparently fire is quite dangerous, and I am glad we’re back indoors. There are fewer police sirens.

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

In a previous show I talked about wanting to be a frog, and how “Time’s fun when you’re having flies”. I love it, because it was from a T-shirt I wore as a toddler. How wholesome! Get the dreggs of your attic to write your show for you.

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

Frankie Thompson’s Catts! Is unlike any other show at the fringe. Relentless nonsense. Pure stupidity, and only she could do it. You must go see it!

The other show is The Flop! Three clowns improvise a full musical odyssey each night. I laughed without stopping for an hour.

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

Hanging out at the Lucy Hopkins-led venue, the Blundabus. It’s the spirit of the fringe.

The best thing about performing at the fringe?

The unending march of time forces you to get over your bad shows immediately, and not let your good ones inflate your ego too much. You can only live in the now. In the words of the great Winnie the Pooh, my favourite day is today.

The most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?

It’s every day for a month, and none of us have really done that since 2019. That’s relentless. Remembering that looking at social media, reviews, emails is ‘work’! And that you need to rest. 

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

Portable battery. Good shoes. And a banana. 

What’s the secret to successful flyering? 

Enjoy it and play with people. If you’re not having fun, why would people want to spend an hour in your company?

Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

Any heartthrob from period dramas. Aidan Turner. Jonathan Bailey. Regé-Jean Page. Matthew Baynton. I would collapse, giddy on the floor.

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

I’m on TikTok, Instagram and Twitter @brightybuoy.

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

You will swoon.

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