Funny At The Fringe – INTERVIEW – The Importance of Being… Earnest?

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!

The Importance of Being… Earnest?

Location:  Pleasance Courtyard – Pleasance Beyond (Venue 33)

Dates: Aug 3rd-28th

Time: 13:30

Price: £15.50 / Concessions £14

Ticket Link:

Hello! Tell us about  Say It Again Sorry ? 

Say It Again, Sorry? is an interactive theatre company. We create work that puts the audience in the driver’s seat, and their experience at the centre of our artistry.

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

The name alludes to the face that the actor playing Earnest never shows up to do our show, making us cast an audience member to play the title role.

Tell us all about your show!

 Earnest? is our attempt at getting the audience to perform a show they have never rehearsed. It’s interaction in the best possible way. We want the audience to succeed, to be our partner in crime, and get to the other side having been a part of a collective experience. You’re definitely not just there to watch a fun show, which of course it also is.

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

So many! To name a few: Becoming Chavela, a docu-cabaret about Chavela Vargas, Soho Boy, which is a queer musical, & Unfortunate: The untold story of Ursula the Sea Witch, which I’ve been wanting to catch for a while. Not to mention all the drag acts that will be there. I plan on seeing a lot of drag.

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 did the Fringe last year for the very first time, and it was great cause it was a reduced version of it, so I feel like I had an easy first time. Main advice is to pace yourself, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. 

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

 Absolute favourites lately have been Operation Mincemeat & For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy. True ensemble pieces, doing extraordinary things with the form, really getting every ounce of magic possible out of the theatrical experience. I’m always there for the magic.

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

 “The truth is rarely pure, and never simple. Modern life would be quite tedious if it were … either.” The ellipsis is ours, the rest is Oscar Wilde’s.

What three items are essential for a successful Fringe? 

A Pleasance pass, sunscreen, a good umbrella. 

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

 I think most of the comedy I’ve seen this year has been online. Is that bad? I loved Rothaniel, the jerrod carmichael special, which I thought did interesting thing both tonally and of what a comedy show can be.

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

 The fringe is definitely a work hard party hard kind of place, so it’s really about the balance. 

The best thing about performing at the fringe?

 The sheer amount of people you get to meet, from all places and walks of life, and the long run for the show. These shows (at least mine) rarely get 4 week runs, so it’s a great time to cement a show and discover new things about it when the delirium of not having a day off in a month kicks in. Cause it definitely kicks in.

The most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?

 The relentlessness of it all. It’s a month of non-stop performing, but also socialising, networking, partying. It takes a toll, and you have to make sure you’re ready energetically.

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

Who is going to read this? A massage ball, ear plugs, a good umbrella. I cannot stress enough how much it rains in Scotland.

What’s the secret to successful flyering? 

Be loud but nice, people want to like you, and have a specific message. What makes your show unmissable? I like to highlight how extremely silly our show is by not taking myself too seriously.

Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

In our first version Daniel Radcliffe was the Earnest who never showed up. In our heads, that is. I’ve never actually met him.  But honestly, every audience member who comes up wanting to play is a dream. 

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

 The can find more about the company on

If they want to follow me personally for silly billy queer Latin American content, I’m @elguidogarcia on the things.

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

 Wanna be Earnest?

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