Eric Lampaert – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

When you think you have a little bit too much money in your bank account, one way of making sure it rapidly goes down is going to the Fringe. I am satisfied with how expensive everything is; especially the awful accommodation. Very expensive for very little. That’s why I would recommend the Fringe.

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

I’m French and English, and I married an American, so technically I am now all three; I am the allies! Immigration is a hot topic, especially post-Brexit. And the world seems so angry, I’m looking to re-locate to another planet. It’s basically about that.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

I saw two seagulls fight over a slice of pizza for over 30 minutes. Which doesn’t sound amazing. But after a month of Edinburgh, the little joys outside of the festival are the best. And I saw a man vomit and urinate at the same time which was also pretty mesmerising!

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

I currently live in Los Angeles, so that question is incredibly insensitive to someone who has anxiety. I think about that every day. San Andreas fault is going to destroy the city at any moment! Haven’t you seen the movie with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson? He is supposed to help others in his awesome helicopter but selfishly goes after his ex-wife. We’re all going to die at any moment from aforementioned hole. I think it’s rude that you asked me that.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

My agents at PBJ & VLA. I’m a total pain in the arse and constantly travelling from one country to another, and yet they manage to spend time and focus on me. I really appreciate their efforts. Not a funny response, but that’s my answer. To make this funny, think of a flaccid penis resting softly on a dove’s head. Did that work?

Three shows you must see this Fringe?

Matthew Highton. This weird man is an incredibly good friend and is at the fringe with a similar themed show and yet couldn’t be further away from what I do. His show is called ‘I & The Universe’ Go check him out.

Joel Dommett. Another good friend. I have loads of friends. I am really cool. But yeah, Joel’s shows have yet to be boring. He really knows how to put on a good show. There’s always a woman involved. He falls in love at least 12 times a year, so the amount of shenanigans he gets up to is hilarious. Go see ‘Pretending To Smoke With A Breadstick’.

And finally. Comedians Cinema Club. A little biased, it’s another show I am doing. A bunch of comedians get together and improvise their way through a film. It’s chaotic, silly and alcohol-fuelled.

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

Charles Darwin. Because how fucked up would that be! He’s been dead for ages! And all of a sudden, he’s in my show?! That is real trippy dude. Jesus? Hitler? Loads of dead people in my audience. But not back to life. Just their corpses. I’d love that. Oh wait… I could gig in cemeteries! Never mind.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

I have poisoned the water of the United Kingdom and you will find the antidote somewhere in my show. Do I have to answer these questions seriously? I don’t know. Because it’s a really good funny show. But that sounds like I am big headed. So I’ll stick with the water thing.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

  1. Buy a slice of pizza.
  2. Find two seagulls.
  3. Re-create the happiest moment of my life
  4. Repeat.

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

Ha! The audience who walked out after being freaked out by the corpses of Darwin and Hitler in my show can come to a dinner party as a way of apology. The food will be poisoned. They will then die and come to my show. I’ll place them next to Darwin and Hitler. The End.

I drank a lot of coffee….


ERIC LAMPAERT: Alien of Extraordinary Ability (5:30pm, Laughing Horse @ City Café)

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