“Every night all the freaks, weirdos, drunks, and rabble rousers would congregate around me as I free wheeled nonsense to the kind of passionate reception one can receive only in the supremely inebriated.”
WHO: Russell Hicks – Comedian
WHAT: “Dead’liner’ n. 1. Closing act from the Bizarro Universe. 2. One who exists within the parameters of their own self-made regiment. 3. A hero of the moment. Adj. last, final, absolute >SYNS outlaw, bankrobber, mercenary for truth >ANTS headliner”
WHERE: The Free Sisters (Venue 272)
WHEN: 16:30 (60 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
Oh, no, I’ve been here two whole times before. The first time I did an extremely late night show at the Tron which was very interesting in that it was essentially a drain that collected drunken refuse at the end of the evening. It was great actually.
Every night all the freaks, weirdos, drunks, and rabble rousers would congregate around me as I free wheeled nonsense to the kind of passionate reception one can receive only in the supremely inebriated.
Ever since then I have gone on at 4:30pm/5pm at the Three Sisters where the audience has usually had about one pint so they tend to put money in the bucket at the end rather than mistake it for a courtesy bin for their vomit.
Will you be touring immediately after the Fringe?
Ha. Touring shows after the Fringe is kind of one of those traditions that no one seems to question… I mean doesn’t it make sense to not tour it after the Fringe? It’s done now. I always see the Fringe as sort of the book mark to a chapter of your life. Usually whatever I was on abut that month I have completely expurgated my soul from by the end so I couldn’t possibly continue performing it with any heart. Also, no one writes my shows, including myself.
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
Go see Candy Gigi at the Hive. After that go see anything Bob Slayer is producing at his Heroes venues. Then splash on one big production, that you would never normally go to, something like a circus show or a theatre production.
The best part of the Fringe is going to see something in a tiny little hut somewhere that is off the beaten path, that you only walked into to get shelter from the storm, when suddenly that rare confluence of events happens where performers and audience are on the same wave length and somehow it becomes the greatest show happening at that moment in the whole festival and you just know it.
Those of you who know what I’m talking about, know what I’m talking about.
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