+3 Interview: Vince Ebert: Sexy Science. Made in Germany

“Fortunately, in my home town of Frankfurt we have a very well-known English theatre. They gave me the chance to play the show on a regular basis so I could develop and improve the show.”

WHO: Vince Ebert, Comedian/Performer

WHAT: “German comedians are like English cooks, sober Scotsmen or Texan democrats. And physicists aren’t funny at all. That may be true until you meet the father of German science comedy. Vince Ebert explains scientific facts using the fundamental laws of humour. Why is the sky blue? Why is the night black? Why shouldn’t we eat yellow snow? A witty and inspiring performance about skeptical thinking, fake news, the secret of German cars and the important question: do strippers in the southern hemisphere turn around the pole in the opposite direction?”

WHERE: Underbelly, Bristo Square – Dexter (Venue 302) 

WHEN: 13:30 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

I was at the Fringe for the first time last year. A friend of mine, who is also a comedian, invited me to come over from Germany to perform in his mixed show. And I really enjoyed the atmosphere!!! So, I decided to come back with my science comedy show “Sexy Science. Serious Humour – Made in Germany”.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’17?

I’ve been working as a science comedian for almost 20 years in Germany but it has always been a big dream of mine to do an entire show in English. So, I sat down and wrote “Sexy Science”. Fortunately, in my home town of Frankfurt we have a very well-known English theatre. They gave me the chance to play the show on a regular basis so I could develop and improve the show.

Tell us about your show.

Originally, I’m a certified physicist. In my shows I try to explain scientific facts with the fundamental laws of humour: Why is the sky blue? Why is the night black? Why shouldn’t we eat yellow snow? And of course, I’m willing to debunk the myth that Germans have no sense of humour. The first time I entered the lab of my German university I saw a sign: “Don´t look directly into the laser beam with your remaining eye.”

After the festival my German tour continues. But next year, I’m moving to NYC with my wife for a whole year! Maybe I’ll even make some contacts with Americans during the Fringe.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

There’s such a huge offer of good shows and artists that I don’t want to pick just one. I can highly recommend stepping into a mixed show and let yourself be surprised. As a German I feel naturally obliged to my countrymen. Therefore I can recommend the show “Get On With It” from Henning Wehn.


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+3 Interview: Athena Kugblenu: Follow the Leader

“I spent 18 months having a go at Trump and Brexit supporters but then I flooded my kitchen in the stupidest way and I thought to myself ‘I’m an idiot too.”

WHO: Athena Kugblenu, Performer

WHAT: “On a hovercraft, no one can hear you bark… Fringe legend and Olivier Award winner Guy Masterson’s uproarious tales of woe, a dog and transcontinental wedlock. The dog came with a package… it could not be abandoned in Paris, and the next eight years tested everything: marriage, career and sanity. A tormented, often hysterical life of poo, piss and pooches.”

WHERE: Underbelly, Bristo Square – Clover (Venue 302) 

WHEN: 17:30 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

No, I have been going to Edinburgh for years. I went for a few years as a new comedian and checked out all the venues and nice places to eat. Satisfied I knew where to get a good feed I could afford, last year I took up my debut hour and this year I am bringing up my second hour!

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’17?

I recorded an episode of Museum of Curiosity last month. That was incredible, trying to keep my cool with Lee Mack to my left and John Lloyd to my right.

Tell us about your show.

It’s called Follow the Leader. It’s called Follow the Leader because I think at this point in history in the western world at least, we have the worst leaders. We don’t even have good people to replace them with. But then maybe it’s a reflection of this point in history just having the worst people – so our leaders are the best of a bad bunch. I wrote the show because I spent 18 months having a go at Trump and Brexit supporters but then I flooded my kitchen in the stupidest way and I thought to myself ‘I’m an idiot too. Some people vote for despots. Others ruin their laminate. Swings and roundabouts’. I wrote it and I’m working with So Comedy and Broken Robot productions to bring it to Edinburgh. Afterwards, I’ll be giving birth but maybe I will perform it in 2019, if I can find a baby friendly green room.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

They should check out Sindhu Vee, Eleanor Tiernan, Kemah Bob, Kwame Asante and someone else they have never heard of – it’s important to take a gamble when up in Edinburgh. I also saw some good plays last year so definitely venture away from stand up, otherwise you will run out of laughter.


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+3 Interview: Steen Raskopoulos: Stay

“I was nominated for Best Newcomer in my first year in 2014.”

WHO: Steen Raskopoulos, Performer

WHAT: “The electrifying new show from the gifted character comedian and improviser. Nominated for both the prestigious Barry Award and Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer, Steen’s live shows are a ‘triple threat of performance, material and charisma. A flawless hour of comedy’ ***** (Herald). As seen on Top Coppers (BBC Three), Whose Line is it Anyway? (ABC Australia) and Steen Raskopoulos’ Scare BnB (Sky). ‘Unique and completely hilarious and life-affirming’ ***** (New European). ‘Technically astonishing and emotionally fulfilling’ ***** (List). ‘An inspired and utterly original stand-up’ **** (Sunday Times). ‘Like witnessing a talent explosion’ (Independent).”

WHERE: Underbelly, Cowgate – Belly Button (Venue 61) 

WHEN: 20:00 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

It is not, it’s my fourth show. I was nominated for Best Newcomer in my first year in 2014.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’17?

I went to the World Cup.

Tell us about your show.

I wrote it. Underbelly are producing it. Tom Parry directed it. It premiered at the Melbourne Comedy festival and then the Sydney Comedy Festival where it won the Director’s Choice Award.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

Dream Gun, Rosie Jones, Sara Barron, Abandoman and The Bear Pack 🙂


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+3 Interview: Angry Alan by Penelope Skinner

ALAN is about a guy who feels misunderstood and left behind in America.

WHO: Donald Sage Mackay, Actor

WHAT:“‘Looking out over the country, this country, where I was born and raised, I wonder what’s going to become of us. Because this can’t be the future, can it? Everyone just… changing the rules?’ Roger thinks the world’s gone mad. He hates his job, his ex-wife torments him and to top it all, his girlfriend just discovered feminism. Roger’s about to lose his shit. Until he discovers Angry Alan: online activist and “voice of reason”… A darkly comic new play about masculinity in crisis from award-winning Penelope Skinner performed by Donald Sage Mackay.”

WHERE: Underbelly, Cowgate – Big Belly (Venue 61) 

WHEN: 15:20 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

YES, thrilled to experience my first Festival!

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’17?

Professionally… probably a major recurring role as a “baddie” in DEEP STATE for Fox TV opposite Mark Strong that just aired in the U.K. and is currently running in the U.S.

Tell us about your show.

ANGRY ALAN is about a guy who feels misunderstood and left behind in America, doesn’t get feminism and #metoo and is struggling to keep up with the changing world around him. Written by renowned feminist U.K. playwright, Penelope Skinner, and developed with an American actor (me) this play gives a uniquely funny and inside-out cross-cultural peek at why some men just don’t seem to be able to evolve and hints at reasons for the recent steps backward here and in the U.S.

ANGRY ALAN was originally developed at the Aspen Fringe Festival and in Delhi ahead of this world premiere production at Edinburgh. We are hoping to bring this production back to London for a run and then to New York and beyond. Also a TV pilot is in development.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

Go check out Penelope Skinner’s other play, MEEK, and UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME both at Traverse. And check out SQUARE GO at Roundabout @ Summerhall.


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+3 Interview: Chris Henry: Around the World in 80 Dates

“Up until this point, I’ve remained under the radar doing shows at the Laughing Horse Free Festival, which has been great for working on my craft and putting pennies in my pocket, but this year I have my sights set on bigger goals.”

WHO: Chris Henry, Performer/Comedian

WHAT: “Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist Chris Henry is back to take you on a whirlwind global gigglefest as he attempts to find The One. After sold-out, award-nominated performances around the world, this 40-year-old bachelor delivers the ultimate anti rom-com by hilariously dissecting our favourite cliches with razor-sharp stand-up, replacing them with 80 dates he hopes will take him from reformed playboy to the perfect husband. Prepare for a blind date like no other.”

WHERE: Underbelly, Bristo Square – Clover (Venue 139) 

WHEN: 20:10 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

The first time I did my own show in Edinburgh was 2009 and the first show happened the day after a particularly gruesome break up that features heavily in this years show. Up until this point, I’ve remained under the radar doing shows at the Laughing Horse Free Festival, which has been great for working on my craft and putting pennies in my pocket, but this year I have my sights set on bigger goals. I have a big show, and I want it to go to big places (all this use of “big” is starting to make me think I’m overcompensating too). I’m unbelievably excited to be working with the Underbelly.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’17?

That’s a tough one, I’ve sold out shows in the UK, Australia, Singapore, The Philippines & Thailand. But the biggest thing that’s happened to me is either the realisation that brought me to the idea for the show, or the fact last week I decided to walk the West Highland Way for three different charities, ROHHAD Association, Epilepsy Scotland & MND Scotland, and raised nearly £2000 by walking 96 miles. Not quite the same as The Proclaimers song. I like to tell people it’s because my life is so much fun and I wanted to give back to something I believed in, but the truth of the matter is that I turn 40 at the end of July and I think it was a little bit of a mid-life crisis.

Tell us about your show.

The show is all about my disastrous love life and how the dating world has changed dramatically in the last decade. With a healthy dose of self reflection it also delves in to why I’ve been single for 9 years, and what I’m doing to change that. It’s honest, heartfelt and the funniest thing I’ve ever written.

It’s been produced by Natalie Allison who is the only person I’ve ever met who can make me even more excited about my own projects. She’s been invaluable in helping me take all my brain babies and helping nurture them in to mature funnies.

My aim is to take it to as many international fringe and comedy festivals I can find around the world. I have my heart set on a European tour in autumn/winter, then Australia in January till April, New Zealand then hopefully Canada, America, South Africa and anywhere else that wants to hear my tales.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

Ray Bradshaw is bringing his show ‘Comedy Def Fam’ back for a limited run, if you missed it last year definitely check that out as it’s my favourite thing I’ve ever seen at a Fringe. Others you should definitely check out are Stephen Bailey, Ashley Storrie, Chris Forbes, Fannys @ Five, Janey Godley, The Master that is Stephen Buchanan, Jesus L’Oreal Nailed It – there is a massive list that I’d recommend. I always put a full list of recommendations up on my website or Facebook just before the Fringe starts.

Two top tips for choosing shows. Stop and speak to flyerers, ask them which shows they’d recommend other than the one they are selling, do that a few times and you’ll hear some names getting repeated which is always a good sign. Also, don’t go to any show that has more than one A at the start of the title, they’ve done this to get to the start of the brochure and if that’s as good as their imagination for the title gets, there isn’t much hope for the show.


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+3 Interview: KillyMuck

“I took last year off to pay all the credit cards and loans I took out to fund my work!”

WHO: Kat Woods, Writer/Director/Producer

WHAT: “Inspired by real events, Killymuck is a housing estate built on a paupers graveyard in 1970s Ireland. Niamh navigates life through the parameters of growing up, with the trials and tribulations of being a kid from the benefit class system. Lack of opportunity, educational barriers, impoverishment, addiction and depression are the norms as the struggle to escape the underclass stereotype becomes a priority. From school trips organised as cross-community excursions to unite a fractured post troubles town, to finding the humour within an estate crippled with misfortune. From award-winning, critically acclaimed writer of Belfast Boy, Wasted, Mule.”

WHERE: Underbelly, Bristo Square – Jersey (Venue 302) 

WHEN: 18:25 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

In 2004 I went on a Hen party to Edinburgh and one of the only things I can remember was the Frankenstein bar and a very drunken open top bus tour!

This will actually be my fourth Edinburgh Fringe. My previous shows include BELFAST BOY in 2014 (Sold out and won; The Stage award for Excellence and The Fringe Review award for Outstanding Theatre), WASTED (Sell out shows transferred to New York and London) in 2015 and MULE in 2016 (Sell out shows transferred to London and Northern Ireland). I took last year off to pay all the credit cards and loans I took out to fund my work!

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’17?

I cleared my credit card, working a million Restaurant hours!

I signed with a fantastic writing agent, Alex Rusher at Independent Talent. Found my writing Mojo again and penned Killymuck. Mule went on tour to Northern Ireland. Belfast Boy took part in a producing showcase in London. Wasted premiered in Wales.

My company have been invited to Baltimore and Washington DC, at the end of August to present Wasted as part of a college campus tour.

Tell us about your show.

I am the Writer/Director/Producer. The show is a solo piece of theatre and will be performed by Aoife Lennon. I have known Aoife from doing a Drama Degree in Derry N.Ireland over 10 years ago and I have worked with her on a few pieces, most notably, our last EdFringe piece Mule.

Killymuck is an exploration of issues surrounding class, that I have experienced throughout my childhood and adult life. I am from a council estate, grew up on benefits. With the rise of unpaid internships, unpaid work in general and cuts to arts funding. I felt compelled to write something. We are in danger of the arts becoming solely an elitist playground. Yes, ‘Fleabag’ is fantastic but it is yet another middle-class voice. Where is the representation of the underclass, have we been forgotten? No one speaks of us. It’s time to change that.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

I am always a little bias towards other Irish shows and in saying that, ‘My Left Nut’ by Michael Patrick and ‘Maz and Bricks’ by Eva O’Connor both look incredible.


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+3 Interview: Nick Hall: Spencer

“I had my appendix taken out. It was a huge moment in my life when I stared death right in the eyes and kicked it in the balls.”

WHO: Nick Hall, Writer/Performer

WHAT: “Spencer Percival has one claim to fame. He’s the only British Prime Minister ever to be assassinated. Unfortunately, no one’s ever heard of him. 206 years later, Nick Hall tells his story. In this inventive and hilarious journey through history, Nick brings alive the world of the 19th century, while drawing parallels with the present. In this age of Brexit, Trump, Corbynista and Maybot, could we still learn something from the past? As seen on BBC Two and Three, and heard on BBC Radio 4. ‘Brilliant’ (Times). ‘Crackingly original’ **** (List). ‘One not to miss’ **** (Skinny).”

WHERE: Underbelly, Bristo Square – Clover (Venue 302) 

WHEN: 13:30 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is my 8th year of coming to the Fringe! There’s something very depressing about writing out that sentence. That said, once you come up here it’s a great fun and you wonder where else in the world you’d like to be. Then by the end of August you can’t wait to get away. And the cycle starts all over again…

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’17?

I had my appendix taken out. It was a huge moment in my life when I stared death right in the eyes and kicked it in the balls. The moment when the nurse turned to me and said, ‘Yep it’s definitely appendicitis’ was a truly life-changing bombshell which put things in perspective. Coming round the next day after the general anaesthetic I swore that I would lead life to the full, and not waste a single moment. Six months later I’m eating Pringles while I write this and preparing to go to the Fringe for the umpteenth time. But I’ve got a really good show. Which is actually sort of about death.

Tell us about your show.

My show is called Spencer – it’s written and performed by myself (egotistical I know). There is no company apart from myself – I’m a one-man company. A manpony. Although that just sounds like a man and a pony were genetically fused together in a Fly-like scenario. It’s directed by an wonderful lady named Jess Lazar and is being premiered in London in the run-up to Edinburgh. As for what happens after, touring around London and the UK hopefully, and then who knows? By the way that isn’t a rhetorical question, I’m genuinely asking the reader what I should do next.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

You should check out the hilarious stand-up stylings of Dan Cook. He’s a brilliantly funny man who also happens to be my flat mate in Edinburgh. I’m therefore recommending him in a bid to sooth his gigantic ego and try and curry favour when it turns out that I accidentally used his milk.


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