Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?
Ah, the question I ask myself every morning, along with: “Why is there hair growing between my toes but not on my head?!” and “Why is Eamon Holmes still on my television?!” and “Why? Daddy? Why?!” – the answer to all four questions being that they are all necessary pains you need to go through to experience a better life.
What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?
No nuggets. Just gut-wrenching attempts to find the nuggets. And when the nuggets don’t come you desperately clamber for someone else’s nuggets only to find that they don’t work before realising that YOU’RE ALL OUT OF NUGGETS BABY!
Stand-out Fringe moment to date?
I think when I graduated from Glasgow University. I have blocked out all memory of my past Edinburgh Festivals and so I try and transplant happier things into them as if they happened in August. My therapist calls it denial. I call it “negatio” (which is Latin for denial).
When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?
Probably about two questions back.
Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?
Elfalafel – the kebab shop next to the Pleasance Dome. You’ve put “heroes” – plural so then I will say the kebab shop workers, and the kebab shop itself. Not the actual kebabs though. Ugh. Beastly things…
Three shows you must see this Fringe?
I’m going to go for the heavy-hitters…
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
The Ladyboys of Bangkok
Billie Holiday: Tribute to the Iconic Lady Day
The one person you’d love to see your show and why?
Michael Gove. Mainly just to see how confused he would be.
The reason why one should come and see your show?
I was the sixteenth best reviewed comedian at last year’s festival (which probably actually persuades you to go and see the fifteen better reviewed ones – I mean, why stop at sixteen?!)
The one thing in Edinburgh you must do?
Ah sorry, you’re dead. But least you can have that dinner party you’ve always wanted. Who are you inviting?
Lembit Opik, Colin Montgomerie, and Tim Henman. Because I want to host a dinner party reflective of the mediocre life I would have left behind.
Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do at the Banshee Cinema, 6th – 28th August, 9.45pm.