Russell Hicks Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

For the miserable, it’s a way to get famous. For the smart, it’s a place to get good. Anyway, that’s just a few of the lies we tell ourselves to justify the venture!

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

For a while my comedy felt like dragging a body through the desert…it happens. Now, I’m all zen and enjoying again, and I just want to go up spread the love and have fun. I’m serious! Stop looking at me like that, it’s the truth…

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

Being on stage with Phil Kay on Bob’s bus last year when I know we were both having a great show. That was the tops, man…

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

Glasgow, second show both years. And that’s all I care to say about that (I’LL BE BACK). 

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

Will Franken. He can be a handful (and yes I know you are reading this potentially but tell me I’m wrong, bud), but he needs a TV show. It’s a crime. Also, Phil Kay’s book. It is truly a bundle of joy. Highly recommended for the regularly traveling comic. 

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

Ah, crumbs, I haven’t even looked at the brochure yet. I tend to see anything not comedy, because it’s great to expand. Go see a circus show, a theatrical piece, and then do one of those classical music at tea time deals….

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

A wanton billionaire/film and TV impresario that on a whim (drunken stupor) decides to give me a superfluous amount of dough to make the greatest film ever made (we make it for half the budget, and run away with the rest). 

The reason why one should come and see your show?

Well, unless you want another Transformers movie…. 

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Ah, man, all the best things I usually want to keep secret…BUT – go to the top of the Scottish Museum. There is a little garden up there. It’s beautiful and you can see the whole city. Stand up there, look out over all of Scotland, and then just jump straight off!! – kidding, kidding….take in the view, and feel love from every direction

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

Nietszche, Mozart (to see if he really was an immature little twit), and Lenny Bruce (yes, we’ll be serving heroin – it’s heaven!)


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