Yeti’s Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

(Yeti’s (aka the Tall One (Jen) and the Short One (Vicky).)

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

Tall one: Because you love it! We have been going to the Fringe for the past 5 years with our alter egos EastEnd Cabaret, and it’s the only time you can see 1000’s of shows in one place and simultaneously have an excuse to eat macaroni cheese pies.

Short one: Also our new show, Yeti’s Demon Dive Bar, is so perfect for the fringe. Where else could you take a psychedelic-clown-musical-sketch-comedy show?

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

Tall One: Gin is always an inspiration for us.

Short one: Yes. Gin, the mysterious yeti, sleazy severed heads, nun-based puns, Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place, African psychedelic funk and did we mention gin?

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

Short one: Argh, too many to pick from! Long, hazy nights running over cobbles from gig to gig, fuelled solely by the Voodoo Room’s espresso martinis. Playing to a whooping and wonderfully giant crowd at The Big C charity show. Late-night cheese boards at Under The Stairs. Getting our first brilliant review from a national paper in our first year on the Free Fringe. The first time I realised I could get my life’s sugar intake from eating Scottish tablet. All good things.

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

Tall one: When a piece of audience interaction went very wrong and we had our first ever major reviewer in the front row. I watched the facial expression of said reviewer turn from amused to utterly mortified as said audience member repeatedly thrust his crotch into it whilst screaming ‘TAKE IT!’

Short One: He did not publish the review.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at present?

Tall one: I would say our co-writer and director Tom Velvick from the independent comedy label ‘Dead Man’. He is a comedy genius but is always hiding behind the scenes.

Short one: Also look out for Tom Walker, a Melbourne-based comedian who won Best Newcomer this year at MICF. No one knows about him yet, but they soon will.

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

Short one: all the Dead Man shows are great – Tom Walker as mentioned, Tessa Waters (award-winning clown dynamo), and also the amazing Wil Greenway (storyteller extraordinaire).

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

Tall One: Bill Bailey. I have always thought he was brilliant.

Short one: An actual yeti. Who do we talk to for this to happen?

The reason why one should come and see your show?

Short One: I know everyone says this, but I’m pretty confident that we can guarantee you’ll see nothing else like it at the fringe!

Tall One: Because it’s set in a dive bar run by a yeti, and it’s ridiculous, hilarious fun.
The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Short one: Eat a macaroni and cheese pie. Ideally whilst on top of Arthur’s Seat at sunrise. With a hipflask of mead and a naked bagpiper. It’s a Scottish tradition (that I’m trying to start).

Yeti’s: Demon Dive Bar is at the Pleasance Courtyard at 9:20pm, 3rd – 29th August (except 17th)

 

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