Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?
It’s the place where we have developed a huge portion of our following over the last seven years, a wonderful place to be seen by programmers, producers and festivals and is of course worth going to, if not for all of the shows, then for Edinburgh’s delicious, delicious pies.
What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?
Sci-Fi movies in general really and how to recreate certain tropes and moments normally reliant on CGI in the movies, on stage, without the use of any set or props. That and the normal artillery of inspiration like the League of Gentleman, Mighty Boosh, Monty Python plus our new favourite act on the circuit Spencer Jones.
Stand-out Fringe moment to date?
Probably selling out the Pleasance Two for the first time back in 2014 with our show MAFIA? Something we had always wanted to do since starting the Sleeping Trees and seeing a show in there at our first Fringe back in 2010.
When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?
At our second show of the run in 2011, we had about seven people in the audience and they were not enjoying it one bit, I think one of them was a friend which says it all really, she was the one leading the hurling of rotten veg onto the stage. Remarkable that all seven of them had brought such large volumes of rotten veg with them in hindsight.
Your unsung heroes in the industry at present?
A comedian called Joz Norris, he did our night in Brixton a few weeks back and was outstanding, be sure to catch him of you can and our dear friend Robin Hill, he’s a wonderfully bizarre comedian who runs a night called Green Milk in London, not sure if he’s at the Fringe this year but be sure to keep an eye out!
Three shows you must see this Fringe?
Well Spencer Jones is a must, he’s doing his hit show from last year as well as a brand new offering, both will be brilliant, the new show from Sam Simmons and of course our pals Max & Ivan who always smash it right out of the park.
The one person you’d love to see your show and why?
Probably Stewart Lee, he’s been one of our favourite comedians for a very long time and he also reviewed the first EP of the band in our show a little while back, so our show could be right up his street.
The reason why one should come and see your show?
Because it offers something a little different to most other comedy shows on at the Fringe, it appeals to fans of theatre as well as comedy and film and music buffs too. A lot of our audiences come and see us not really knowing what to expect and more often than not leave very pleasantly surprised.
The one thing in Edinburgh you must do?
Go to Piemakers on Nicholson Street, they do a lasagne pie. A LASAGNE PIE.
Ah sorry, you’re dead. But least you can have that dinner party you’ve always wanted. Who are you inviting?
Two comedy greats who sadly passed away in the last few years; Rik Mayall and Robin Williams, they would certainly be on the invitation list. Leslie Nielsen too and maybe Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun, if not for his many anecdotes then for his lovely golden face.
Sleeping Trees: Sci-Fi? Is at the Pleasance Courtyard at 5pm, 3rd – 29th August (except 18th)