Norris & Parker Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

Norris: We regularly question this. Taking a show to the fringe means that your mental and physical health deteriorates rapidly, as does your bank account and any sense of routine. However, it’s an experience unlike anything else, allowing you to spend a month honing and sharing your work, being inspired by other people’s work and can lead to great opportunities.

Parker : Last year we gained a fantastic comedy agent and became supported artists with Hull Truck Theatre. This year we’re on at the Pleasance Courtyard which we’re really excited about and we’re sure a tv series, BAFTAS and comedy husbands are imminent.

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

Norris:  Mainly fetish documentaries, human vulnerability, the Music Hall era, eighties hairstyles, Brexit and our mental parents.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

Parker: Probably the day we sold about before midday and didn’t have to flyer and were able to warm up instead like real actors.

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

Norris: We recently performed at an industry showcase on a boat where one of our best punchlines was met to a stony silence. Sinead was the first to crumble and whispered into the mic “I don’t know what comes next.” I couldn’t help her and we felt exposed and vulnerable as if our pants had fallen down. We both cried afterwards and Sinead asked our agent if we were “blacklisted from the industry.”

Parker: We went home on separate tubes and didn’t speak for several days until the wave of humiliation and shame had passed.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

Double acts, Let Luce & Lazy Susan. Stand ups, Phil Ellis, Will Duggan, Pierre Novellie and Tom Ward.

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

All of the above.

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

Julia Davis because we love her and we want her to adopt us as her comedy protégées.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

Parker: It’s wild, ridiculous, brutal, honest, features live music and it’s fucking funny.

Norris: But more importantly we need to sell out in order to make any money back.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do?

Norris:  Well, Sinead needs to get laid. This is the third time we’ve visited Edinburgh and she’s gone unlucky. The only person who’s ever come close was Robbie the rickshaw driver.

Parker: Thank you for looking out for my sexual needs, Norris.

Norris:  No problem.

Parker:  Apart from that we need to climb Arthur’s seat, go to the seaside and get into a VIP club whilst pretending to be famous.

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

Norris: All the victims of unsolved murder cases so we can really get to the bottom of what happened.

Parker: And David Gest.

Norris & Parker -See You At The Gallowsat the Pleasance Courtyard Attic




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