This Glorious Monster Q&A – Edinburgh 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

We love the Fringe, I think it’s something we can all be so proud of. So much new talent taking the plunge to follow a dream/idea. So sail some fail, but you can’t knock everyone for trying.

For us we have had this show in basic form for the past two years. We’ve been kept away due to filming an ABC1 series called Galavant the last two Augusts. But this time we have no excuse. Nervous but we are going to give it our best shot!

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

Deliciously twisted subhuman sketch comedy. We’re a sketch show that delves in to the dark side of normality. From a driving instructor who’s very ‘hands on’, to the world’s most sadistic HR ladies. From a light-fingered nurse on a coma ward, to the dysfunctional family life of a ‘closet’ clown They’re the characters on the fringes of society that give us the stories that start with ‘You’ll never guess who I met’.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

Sadly it’s been a few years since we’ve been. We were finalists in the ‘so you think you’re funny’ sketch comp at the Gilded Balloon. The audience were awesome and we had one of our better shows. A brilliant night.

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

We once did a gig in Richmond. It was all very straight stand up. The audience was a bit strange, a lot of older rich men with their new younger trophy wives.

They had just wanted to come watch some comedy to accompany their food, not watch three men dry hump each other in a driving sketch scenario.  We did have a couple guys come up after and say ‘our mrs’ thought you were perverts but we thought you were great’. Perverts.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

Hmm. I think comedy is a very honest business and people do get credit. Some of our fave new acts. Goose, Short and Curly, Lenny Sherman, Kat Bond, Joe Davies (though it’s been a while since I’ve seen him, I’m sure he’s still hilarious ), Alison Theakskot, Fraser Millwood’s Coach Driver, and loads more new acts that deserve more credit!
Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

Spencer Jones, used to work with him in Sketch troupe Broken Biscuits.

James Acaster is always good

Twins! We did a sketch comp with them. They should have gone through that night!

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

Anyone who’s just up for something a bit different! We would of course love to see some good reviews etc. But really we are doing this for the fun of it. Lose that and you have to ask yourself what’s the point.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

We’ve had lots of nice things said about us and some bad. But if you like stuff like League of Gentlemen or stupidity of more slapstick comedy come along!

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Get better at walking up hills!

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

My Dad. (Leave the interview on a happy note!)

This Glorious Monster – Wrong Un’s, Pleasance Courtyard 16:30

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