Phil Nicol Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

What? Are you nuts short com? It’s a fantastic meeting of all these amazingly creative minds. Laughs are shared and ideas with them. The audiences are culture vultures who get to sample a smorgasbord of comedy. As comedy has such a variety of tastes is is certainly a great place to taste test all the different types of humour.

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

As this is a collection of bits and bobs from other shows, it has come together out of years of collaboration and experimenting with ideas and styles. I like trying to be funny in new ways and not get stuck stylistically. I think eclecticism in comedy means the audience is surprised and amused as much by the format style as the content. Working with others has allowed me to explore different ways of putting shows together. This show will show the variety of the performance styles and formulas that are possible performed by a half-assed clown who doesn’t really take any of it seriously.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

Best moment was winning the Edinburgh Comedy Award however anytime I can help people laugh at themselves I get a rush.

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

Heckling a mate because I was drunk and I thought they’d appreciate it. They didn’t. Or having 150 people storm out of my Pleasance Grand performance of The Naked Racist the year after winning. It was a protest of what I felt was an illegal invasion of Iran and obviously there was some dissension in the crowd. I want to shrivel and die. Five minutes later, after they had purged themselves the 500 or so people that stayed gave me a standing ovation mid show! So there you go. Politics are divisive. Maybe it’s time for a change!

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

Phil Kay

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

Kirsty Newton: Life Begins at Party, Patrick Monahan: That 80’s Show and Lucie Pohl: Apohlcolypse. Also Carey Marx and AddyBorgh on the Free Fringe!

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

I had Frank Oz come in 2011 and it was a highlight of my career. I am in love with Mark Rylance. I hope he sees me and becomes a close friend.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

This show is a celebration of my 20 years of solo hour comedy shows on the fringe. So, I will be putting together a fast paced, silly and rip-snortling funny hour of my favourite bits from all those shows. And that’s a lot of funny! There will be stand-up, sick poems, stupid characters and ridiculous songs. Expect a really good laugh!

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Go to North Berwick on a sunny day and seek out the Lobster Shack on the wharf! What a great way to enjoy the afternoon.

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

John Lennon, John Belushi, Bukowski, Ivor Cutler, Madeline Kahn, Imogene Coco, Sam Cooke and Hitler. Try and put the little guy straight. and Trump if we can’t get Hitler.

Phil Nichol – Twenty at Assembly 21:45  Aug 3-14, 16-28

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