Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?
I love being in Edinburgh during Fringe. It’s incredibly hot and humid where I am from in August. I love Edinburgh’s wonderful weather and the throngs of people. Doing my show for 25 consecutive days to a different audience every night is challenging and thrilling. Oh, and the stars. It’s full of stars.
What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?
Coffee, pie & Kevin Costner have always been inspirational to me, and this year I’ll be sharing the inspiration directly with the audience on a somewhat immersive level. Also, facing our fears and finding solace in fellowship is another inspiration. Answering the call, even if we think we’re not ready. It’s ok to mess up. Let’s go!
Stand-out Fringe moment to date?
Last year, I got to sing with Nick Helm at Max & Ivan’s The Wrestling. It was manly stuff. Mucho macho!
When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?
I sort of feel like that all the time, except when the Pity Partiers share with me their challenges and triumphs and fill me with hope.
Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?
That would be the crew. The roustabouts. The folks that set and strike all the tents and fences. The sound and light technicians. The hard-working folks that clean up the endless mountains of garbage that accumulate everywhere. The street teams. And all the baristas that keep me caffeinated. A jittery salute to you all!
Three shows you must see this Fringe?
Sam Simmons. Peter & Bambi Heaven The Magic Inside. Daniel Kitson. Piff The Magic Dragon. I know that’s four. I can’t do anything write.
The one person you’d love to see your show and why?
My dear old PawPaw. Why? ‘Cause he’s dead. He never got to see my show.
The reason why one should come and see your show?
Coming to “Puddles Pity Party Let’s Go!” will make you feel good. We’ll diddle the doldrums together. There will be adventure, camaraderie, Kevin and, as always, free post-show cuddles with lil’ ol’ me.
The one thing in Edinburgh you must do?
Too many to list but here’s something to get you started: The Castle and spooky cemetery tours, restaurants like Henderson’s and Spoon and Peter’s Yard (get the cardamom rolls!); and fancy coffee at Brew Lab. One of my favorites is a brisk walk up Arthur’s Seat at daybreak. Stunning view. Here’s tae ye!
Ah sorry, you’re dead. But least you can have that dinner party you’ve always wanted. Who are you inviting?
Abraham Lincoln, my PawPaw, Nessie and Kevin Costner.
Puddles Pity Party – Let’s Go! Will be at the Assembly George Square Bosco Tent