Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?
I don’t know really, it’s my first time going. But it’s the biggest arts festival in the world, so if you’re going to test yourself somewhere it might as well be the biggest. It’s been a really great experience writing this show, so I’m excited to get the chance to share it with people.
What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?
Well, it’s a strange time to be a straight white male. There’s a real push back against us now, and we probably deserve it. The show is me trying to figure out where I fit, and what I should be doing to help it. Also tied in is an abusive relationship I had with an ex that really helped me get some perspective on the whole thing. And while neither of those things are inherently hilarious I promise you the show is very funny.
Stand-out Fringe moment to date?
This is my first time, so I dunno…. filling out the forms? Putting the show together has been a pretty great experience, it’s my first solo show and it’s a new challenge that I’ve really enjoyed.
When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?
Anytime an Edinburgh related bill comes in. The creative side has been a joy, but the business side of Edinburgh is terrifying to me. It’s such a massive ordeal to set up, I’m excited to get to the point that it’s just me telling jokes in a room. That world I understand.
Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?
I don’t think the live circuit gets the kudos it deserves. There’s so much comedy on television now, but it’s a small percentage of the acts out there that are amazing. And there’s a wonderful support network of people who still put on live comedy, even without the TV names. I think it’s a beautiful thing that is a bit threatened by the TV/touring world.
Three shows you must see this Fringe?
I’d really like to see Bill Burr’s show. I’d then say some of my friends shows, but I’d be lying just to make them happy. And I can’t single out just 2 people to lie to.
The one person you’d love to see your show and why?
I think if Hitler came back to life and came out to a show that’d be great. He’d probably hate it, and I think that would be good press. I feel like “I didn’t really get it” –Hitler, would probably bring in a crowd.
The reason why one should come and see your show?
It’s very funny and very honest show, and I think that shows through. There are a ton of jokes, but there are a lot of strong opinions in the show, and I’ve spent a ton of time thinking about them so I like to think they’re at least well argued if not correct. Also, don’t come if you’re expecting a men’s right’s meeting. This isn’t a “poor white guy’s” show.
The one thing in Edinburgh you must do?
I really haven’t spent much time in the city, so I’m hoping to find that out myself. I need to talk to some of the veterans and find out what I should be experiencing. Especially if it’s not industry related, I think it’s going to be important to do a few real world things so as to not completely lose my mind.
Ah sorry, you’re dead. But least you can have that dinner party you’ve always wanted. Who are you inviting?
This is the worst way to find out that I’ve died. Are these people coming to have a dinner party with my dead body? If so I guess I’d invite people that I hate. Hitler again, Brendan Fraser, Joseph Gordon Levitt’s character from Premium Rush, and everyone who doesn’t come to my show.
Peter White – Straight White Male – at the Just The Tonic Attic Room at the Mash House