Matthew Highton Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

Well Short Com, this might be hard for you to believe but when I was nine and old man with raggedy, grey, curly hair came out of the woods and told me he was me from the future. Ignoring his missing arm and eye patch I asked him what message he had for me and he told me there and then that year in year out I must go back to the Edinburgh Fringe, that it was the only way to guarantee I would not succumb to a life of wealth and greed. I held him in my arms as he died and for seven consecutive days the birds sat silent in the trees, unable to lament. So why bother you ask, and I say, for him… For him…

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

Well Short Com, this might be hard for you to believe but when I was nine and old man with raggedy, grey, curly hair came out of the sky and told me he was a distant relative from the future. Unable to believe such nonsense I instantly called my mother who chased him away with a broom, which was the style at the time. But, from that day on I always imagined what it would be like to be the universe embodied. Sure they sound like unrelated events, but show me a carrot and a poop side by side with no knowledge of a working body and I’d call you mad to say the two were related. 

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

In 2010 I was walking down the Royal Mile and there were these students just lay there in pyjamas – if you can imagine such a thing – and it BLEW MY TINY MIND! I’ve never before or since seen anything quite like it. I assume they are all now driving Porches and wearing necklaces made of teeth. 

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

When I wished!!! You have a nerve… 

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Sure he’s the embodiment of childhood nightmares and only awakens every 30 years to feed, but boy oh boy, that delivery! 

Matthew is it true that you once jumped to the moon and punched it a new crater to show Jesus who’s boss?

Wow, very specific question and well researched Short Com. The first part of that question is true. But it had nothing to do with JC, just a coincidence we were both in that bar. Sorry for any bad press big guy.

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

I honestly don’t know, so:

Anything by any of the Weirdos including our two big one off Harry Potter shows.

Anything by Comedians Cinema Club folks, especially our show Comedians Cinema Club.

My show. At least one of you needs to come per day, if I have to pull a show, then the government has won. 

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

David Cameron. Not got much time for the guy, but he needs something to do with his time now and boy would that get people talking. Dave if you’re reading this and know how to use QLab (am I saying that right?), we could do a deal where you tech for me. 

The one person you’ve killed and why?

Get out of my head, Short Com! 

The reason why one should come and see your show?

I have it on good authority David Cameron will be there every single day. 

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do?

Read all the menus and beer mats, by the end of it you’ll have a complete history of Edinburgh. Did you know much of Edinburgh’s landscape, including the rock the castle sits on, was formed due to a MASSIVE glacier? Yeah, read that on a beer mat, suck it sobriety! 

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

Everyone who wronged me in life. My vengeful eyes will be the last they see as I drag them into the pits of hell and… Ahhhh just kidding, it’d be Point Break Keanu Reeves, Bill and Ted Keanu Reeves and Keanu Reeves. I actually do a great Keanu Reeves impression, here: “Be excellent, dudes and party hard.”


Matthew Highton – I, The Universe at The Hive 14:00 , Every Mutha Flippin Day,  (not 15th or 19th)


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