Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?
Why not? It’s a chance to perform every night to some of the best audiences in the world while getting to meet and hang out with new people, from audience members to other performers. You can get 6 months experience of gigging in the space of 3 weeks! Doing the Fringe can really make your career jump ahead.
What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?
I’m a huge sci-fi geek. As long as I can remember I’ve loved both Star Trek and Star Wars. Whilst I don’t think they are mutually exclusive, others do. Therefore the only logical (that’s the Vulcan in me) course of action was to create a panel show and have comedians who are fans of the series come along and battle it out. Ultimately letting the audience decide who has won.
Stand-out Fringe moment to date?
Getting my first 4 star review was definitely a stand out moment for me! Either that or flyering reviewer Kate Copstick onstage while I was part of another show.
When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?
There was a show I did years ago I was compering and it was a real struggle. It was the first show of the entire run and there was a reviewer in who hated it. I ended up with a bad review as well as having a horrible time on stage that night.
Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?
Alex Petty does a massive job running the Free Festival and has done for years. Also Ben Verth for creating and running the Scottish Comedy Festival that runs in the Beehive. It’s given Scottish acts a great platform to perform without getting lost amongst the noise at the Fringe.
Three shows you must see this Fringe?
Doug Segal: I Can Make You Feel Good. Doug has always managed to wow people with the feats of mentalism that he does and this show takes up another level whilst retaining his great sense of humour about it all.
Juliette Burton: Decision Time. Juliette has consistently created funny and informative shows and I have no doubts that this one will be fantastic.
Ria Lina: Dear Daughter. I saw an early preview of this show and loved it. Cannot wait to see it again.
The one person you’d love to see your show and why?
Patrick Stewart! If the man who played Jean-Luc Picard came along to this show and laughed just once I could die a happy man.
The reason why one should come and see your show?
Love Star Wars? Come see it. Love Star Trek? Come see it. Don’t see the fuss about either. Come see it and learn why people love these franchises so much. It is geeky but at it’s core it’ll be enjoyable and won’t be afraid to poke fun at either Star Trek or Star Wars.
The one thing in Edinburgh you must do?
Try the Suicide Challenge at Wings. I tried it. Well one wing. It was painful.
Ah sorry, you’re dead. But least you can have that dinner party you’ve always wanted. Who are you inviting?
Rik Carranza – Star Trek vs Star Wars at The Banana Skin Venue 16:45