Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?
The best (and worst) performers descend every year from all corners of the globe to try weird and wonderful and hilarious and beautiful things. There’s a real camaraderie between all the acts. It’s an opportunity to make friends, network, get seen by all industry professionals, try out material and hone your skills. You can see things here that you scarcely thought possible.
It’s a proper cultural melting pot and wonderful to be a part of!
What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?
One of my favourite things to talk about in my show (and demonstrate with my band this year) is celebrities with what I like to call ‘Split Voicenalities’ – meaning that the way they speak is so completely different from the way they sing, that learning to do an impression of them in effect is like learning two completely different people. One example of this is Paloma Faith – I have a lot of fun with her. She speaks like a four year old girl and… well we all know that powerful distinctive singing voice. My favourite Split Voicenality is Adele. A singing voice that can melt hearts – A speaking voice that can sell you a sausage roll in a pub. I love her.
Stand-out Fringe moment to date?
The show had sold out and just as I was about to begin, the fire alarm went off. We, (the audience & I) all had to evacuate the venue and stand outside in the freezing cold and rain. I ended up doing part of the show outside and leading a sing-along. The audience were incredible.
When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?
I’d got a fit of the giggles and couldn’t continue for about 3 minutes while I was being Sonia from Eastenders reading an excerpt from Fifty Shades Of Grey.
Someone shouted sarcastically, “Oh that’s very professional!” – it was my mum.
Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?
In terms of my contemporaries, I LOVE the stand up of Ellie Taylor and I adore Eastend Cabaret. I can’t wait to catch their shows at the Fringe.
Three shows you must see this Fringe?
Laurence Owen – Cinemusical High
Anything that Eastend Cabaret do.
The one person you’d love to see your show and why?
Oh can’t can’t single someone out. That wouldn’t be fair…. There really is something for everyone in my show. Bring your, best friend, your granny and your little sister – Bring your partner and your teenaged son. Bring the bloke from behind the counter at your favorite kebab shop. Seriously.
It’s fun, feel-good, a bit naughty. The live band is going to be amazing. It’d be a perfect start for a girls night out or a work party. And some lucky audience members might get a golden ticket and get to sit on stage with me! It’s going to be a blast.
The reason why one should come and see your show?
My brand of comedy is feel good, huge fun and sometimes a little bit mad. Incredible impressions, stunning singing, vocal gymnastics, top musical entertainment, pure escapism and no politics. There are over 100 impressions in the show and I’m backed by my incredible live band. I just can’t wait!!!
The one thing in Edinburgh you must do?
Go and have a steak at Kyloe. The food there is utterly incredible. It’s especially good as a treat, mid-fringe where you’re so tired you’re beginning to forget your own name.
Jess Robinson – Impressive at the Pleasance Courtyard Forth at 830pm