Carey Marx Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

Shhhhhh, never ask that question. It’s like discussing what’s in a sausage while eating one. The festival is a good place to get in a bit of debt and lose any spare self-esteem you’ve been holding onto.

What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year? 

I turned 50 and instead of everything changing nothing did as it always doesn’t and that concerned me. Then I started wondering if anything had changed after all, like my asking myself this question. It’s the first time I’ve ever turned 50, which is probably why I wasn’t very good at it. I’ll be better next time. But the show is also about denial, unimportance, and trees. Yes, trees.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

An elderly lady fell down some steps. A few of us rushed over to help her. She sat up grinning and gave us flyers for her show. Sadly, I never saw the show, but if it was an hour of her performing dangerous stunts I think I missed out.

When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?

The time when a hole opened up in the ground and swallowed me up. It was so embarrassing I wished another hole opened up in the hole and swallowed me up. By the way, holes in the ground swallow you down, holes in the sky swallow you up. I realise how pedantic that is of me. I am now so embarrassed about my pedantry that I wish a hole opened up in the ground and swallowed me up, or down. So, I think in answer to your question, it was now, here, answering your question.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

When people ask me about my heroes in comedy the answer is really my friends. I know so many comedians who are great in so many ways. Their praises are sung, just not normally through TV sets.

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

Phil Nichol is doing an hour of his favourites which will be spectacular. He is a huge talent. Brennan Reece is a newer act who’s making waves, doing his debut this year with a show that’s as sweet as it is hilarious. And that’s everyone… Ok, I haven’t seen the book, don’t know who’s going up this year and haven’t seen any other previews. But all the shows in my venue sound like they’re going to be great including Brendon Burns, Stuart Goldsmith and JJ Whitehead. So, I’d suggest everyone hang around the Liquid Rooms Annexe.

The one person you’d love to see your show and why?

The Queen. Whether she enjoys it or not I think the publicity would be good and it would be nice for her to support the free fringe.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

The Queen’s coming.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Buy a good sword for getting through the wind.

Ah sorry, you’re dead. But least you can have that dinner party you’ve always wanted. Who are you inviting? 

The Queen. It would give me a chance to apologise for the things I said in my show. Then I’ll apologise for inviting her to dinner with a dead man. By the way, why did I have to be dead in this scenario? Why couldn’t I have been magical or rich?

Carey Marx: Hero Of The People 17:00 The Liquid Room, Annex 6-28 Aug

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