Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?
The thing that I think is great about Edinburgh is no one goes up to make money and there’s next to no censorship. Performers are there to show something they felt like saying or wanted to do so there’s more chance of catching shows that are edgy and honest and a bit more fun.
What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?
I think the two things that probably inspire me most in comedy are outrageousness and over-sharing and I hope that there are elements of both in my show, certainly the latter. It’s a show about a nowhere-near- death experience spun into a show about my death and all my absurd worries around the subject.
Stand-out Fringe moment to date?
I did the Spank comedy show at Underbelly one year and I had a really fun time, the audience was just so energetic and fun but the section after me was the part of the show they call “Naked Promo”, where performers get up onstage and get naked to promote the show they’re doing. Sometimes when a performer doesn’t volunteer, they put it to the audience and this time a stag party made the stag do it. He got naked and they asked him what he’d like to promote and he said “Croydon”. That just cracked me up.
When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?
When I see someone I know in the audience who makes me nervous I can’t handle it. Last year someone I’d been seeing turned up as a surprise to support me and before the show started I ran up to him and said “Hi, you’re so sweet, thanks for coming but you have to leave.” He thought I was joking but I picked him up by the arm and marched him out, apologizing profusely. I bought him many “I’m sorry” drinks but it just made me too nervous.
Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?
It’s hard to figure out who has and hasn’t been sung… I love The Weirdos as a collective and as individuals. They do a Christmas panto every year that I LOVE. It usually includes Beth Vyse, Harriet Kemsley, Joz Norris, Jonathan Kearns, Pat Cahill (and other brilliant people whose names won’t come to the front of my head). They’re all great on their own and together. There’s some great people debuting this year as well like Johnny Cochrane, Sophie Willan, Jamali Maddix, Glenn Moore, Gary Tro, Sunil Patel, Richard Todd. I could go on.
Three shows you must see this Fringe?
Tony Law (always) He’s ridiculous and I love him. Tom Allen , Lou Sanders .
The one person you’d love to see your show and why?
The sketch duo Cardinal Burns because I’d like us to run away together as a couple.
The reason why one should come and see your show?
There’s something in it for most people to relate to. There are songs about religion, about working in an office, about wanting to return your baby. All sorts. If you’ve got a slightly naughty sense of humour and you find the dark side of every day life funny I hope you’ll like it.
The one thing in Edinburgh you must do?
EAT THE CHIPS. Edinburgh fish and chips are the best. I didn’t even have time to consider culture, beauty, history I just answered. The heart wants what it wants.
Kate Lucas – WHATEVER HAPPENED TO KATE LUCAS? at the Pleasance Courtyard – Bunker Two