“I turned 50 and I hate it so, so much. I would appreciate the media’s respect of my privacy at this very difficult time.”
WHO: Nick Elleray, Writer/Performer
WHAT: “Nick Elleray brings the mellow thunder to the Fringe with a brand-new stand-up show with a great new zeitgeisty title that the kids will love. Where do you find joy in these grim times? Should you be asking Nick? Come along and find out. ‘Brilliant, astute observational comedy about middle-aged life’ (Adam Bloom). ‘A fine variety of cracking good jokes’ **** (ThreeWeeks). ‘Time and money spent on Nick Elleray is time and money well spent. He’s great’ **** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine).”
WHERE: Laughing Horse @ The Counting House – The Attic (Venue 170)
WHEN: 12:45 (55 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
This is my sixth year performing a show at the Fringe. Breaking that down, it means that I’ve spent approx. 0.66% of my life performing in Edinburgh. I figure if I keep at it, I can get that figure up to 0.75% or 0.8% before I die. Fingers crossed!
This is my third solo show. Three of the previous visits were split-bill shows where I performed with another act. It’s a double-edged sword, the split-bill show – yes, I want to share the shame and disappointment with a close friend, but the glory – oh, the glory – that’s all mine, thank you very much.
What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?
I turned 50 and I hate it so, so much. I would appreciate the media’s respect of my privacy at this very difficult time.
Tell us about your show.
Let me just say that without me, this show wouldn’t exist. I’m not saying I wrote, produced and perform it entirely by myself, but I’m also NOT not saying that*.
I hope I’m not giving away any industry secrets, but my production technique for producing a solo stand-up show is: write it, perform it a lot, try and make it good, repeat until August.
Special mention should go to Heidi Regan, who gave me the title; Alasdair Beckett-King, who designed the poster; and James Deacon, who took the promo photos for it.
* Okay, I am saying that.
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
The Delightful Sausage are on at the same time as me this year, so I can’t recommend them. A shame, because if we weren’t in direct competition for punters, I’d really big them up.
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