I started off doing regular sketch comedy and improv for many years and even went to Toronto for a couple to study at the world famous Second City, where comics like Mike Myers, John Candy and Martin Short got their start. But when I got back to the UK I had no one to do sketches with, so I thought, “Hey, why not just do a show on my own!” Deer in the Spotlights will be my third time up in Edinburgh as a solo sketch performer. I’m really excited about this year’s show; it’s got a big and bold personality but with some real heart and passion. And I start off with an 8 minute interpretive ballet routine about a sperm’s journey to the ovum, so you can’t really top that!
What is the first thing people notice about you?
Well, I’d like to think it’s a winning smile, but someone once tweeted after a show that I had “the most horrendously chilling eyes” they had ever seen on a human being… so it’s probably a combination of the two.
6 things you can’t live without during the Fringe?
- Lucozade Sport – makes me feel athletic before I strut out on stage to do a load of silly voices
- A morning run – again, very important for silly voices
- My backpack – usually full of flyers
- A couple of pocket squares – unnecessary elegance is essential for my sense of self
- The customary Moonpig birthday card from my mum – this year I’ll be turning 30 miles away from friends and family
- And last year it was episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race on Netflix but I’ve gone through the back catalogue now, so this year I’m screwed!
Who are your Edinburgh Fringe Crushes this year?
I always love watching Spencer Jones perform as his clowning persona, The Herbert. He has this Cheshire Cat grin, which makes even the most surreal of bits feel warm and comforting. And Daphne blew me away at London Sketchfest in May and they’re on track for great things at this year’s Fringe… talented bastards!
Your darkest Fringe secret?
When you’re riding on the ego rollercoaster of the Fringe, laughter is not the best medicine… it’s well timed schadenfreude.