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!
Location: Underbelly, Bristo Square – Clover (Venue 302 )
Dates: Aug 3rd-14th, 16th-29th
Price: £10 Concessions £9
Hello! Tell us about yourself?
Midnight Snacks is presented by Fountain 441 – a new creative collective interested in collaborative projects involving comedy, music and tech. It is led by Edinburgh native, Comrie Saville-Ferguson. Comrie is an ex-Cambridge Footlight, writer of the Cambridge University Pantomime 2018 and Pleasance Theatre Reserve Finalist 2022.
How did you come up with the name of your show that you’re taking to the fringe?
Midnight Snacks was born from our shared desire to create something that combats the anxiety often coupled with performing and the anxious thoughts that creep in at night. We imagined a wholesome bedtime comedy show, designed to be the final show of the night, where audiences and performers can wind down and feast on comedy at midnight much like you would a day-old cookie scrounged from the back of the fridge. As the adage goes: laughter is the best midnight snack.
Tell us all about your show!
A mixed-bill late-night comedy show, Midnight Snacks is your safe haven from festival fever. Relax to surreal stories, tall tales and strange sketches as a changing roster of comedians guide you to sleep: welcome to the Fringe’s daily lullaby. Dreamy visuals and an ambient score will aid the relaxation and all profits go to Mind, the mental health charity.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
At my first fringe I saw a sketch by Sheeps that I try to explain to everyone I’ve ever met, I have never successfully made it sound funny but I insist on sharing it – so I’m unbelievably ready to see Sheeps: Ten Years, Ten Laughs. Other shows I’m keen to catch are Tom Walker: Javelin and Chuck Salmon: Pool Noodles.
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.
The creme brulee truck by Bristo Square is amazing and has got me through many a flyering shift! Also go to Red Box Noodle and Mary’s Milk Bar. On non-food related advice: enjoy it and remember to eat and sleep properly, especially if you’re there for a full month.
What three items are essential for a successful Fringe?
Umbrella, comfy shoes and of course stilts to get your poster really high up so no one can cover it.
What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?
Go see whatever you want – don’t just try to see the top reviewed shows, also look for the interactive shows where you can get stuck in. And it’s a right of passage to see something completely off the rails.
The best thing about performing at the fringe?
Performing to audiences who are up for anything and have learned to expect the unexpected.
The most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?
Endurance – being able to perform for an entire month, with hours of flyering before each show.
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
My favourite flyering tactic I’ve seen someone try is to trip over, spilling all the flyers and when people help you try and pick them up just walk away leaving them with a huge pile.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
I feel like Mr Blobby would really get the show, and would take up a couple of seats so that would boost the ticket sales.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
You can find us on Instagram and Twitter @Fountain441_
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Laugh, then sleep.