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Sam Simmons on developing Death of a Sails-Man


Sam Simmons has made a name for himself as one of the more interesting comedy performers going, winning the respect of critics and love of audiences for a fun brand of a surrealism and invention.

He’s just had another hugely successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe (picking up his second Best Show nomination) and is now about to start a run at the Soho Theatre in London.

Hi Sam. How are you today?

Pretty good, thanks for asking.

You’re embarking on a run of your show Death of a Sails-Man at the Soho Theatre this autumn. Are you looking forward to it?

Yes! I’ve not performed the show since Edinburgh so it will feel fresh! Like returning to an old lover for an one night stand…hang on.

The show was a big hit at the Fringe. Did you enjoy your time in Edinburgh?

I always “enjoy” Edinburgh, the beauty with this run was that I was able to build the show over the first two weeks. I didn’t feel the pressure to arrive with a polished gem, I was allowed the time to massage the show into shape, apparently this is what the “old Edinburgh” was like, you arrived and created a show. So in that respect I think I found a new approach to the festival,
which I really enjoyed.

Shitty weather this year mind you.

Can you describe how the show developed? Did you come up with the title first and work around it?

Yes, I liked the title a lot and I’ve always wanted to fuck around with windsurfing as it’s such pursuit of privilege like skiing and murdering high class hookers.

You have a style that embraces absurdity and surrealism. Has that always been the type of humour that has appealed to you?

Yeah I guess so, its an odd one in that It just gets me/I get it. I like silly stuff, I’m loathe to talk about myself on stage, I’d rather live inside my own fantasy.

Also, I don’t want to make comedy that looks like a lazy TED talk, I’m quite happy being a dickhead. No life lessons here mate.

You came to the UK from Australia. What upcoming Australian comics should we be looking out for?

I love Becky Lucas from Brisbane, she’s like a snarky hard Claudia O’Doherty, I think she’s excellent.

You’ve also been performing in the US recently. What do American audiences make of you?

I have never ever died in front of a US audience, they are warm and positive open minded people, I cant speak highly enough of them. Its easy to “America bash” these days, I find OZ and British audiences way more judging.

Beyond your Soho run do you have any exciting projects coming up that we need to keep an eye out for?

Lot’s of unconfirmed pie in sky stuff, potentially exciting and frustrating all at the same time.

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