For a long time Adam Blampied was the tallest member of sketch group The Beta Males, until the addition of Guy. It was a dark day for Adam. But he recovered and now, as well as being a member of one of the greatest sketch groups around, he is emerging as an exciting solo act, telling twisted children’s tales.
Hello. How are you today?
I’m good, thanks. I’ve just put a load of washing on.
Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?
I actually am this year, which is weird. I feel like the show’s been pretty much there for the last two previews so now I’m almost impatient to get up, which has never happened before. Every year, I’ve wanted one more week, or a month, or for Scotland to burn to the ground while we (The Beta Males) hammered out the kinks in the show, but for my first year going solo, I’m actually relaxed right now. This is a terrible omen, obviously. This’ll probably be the year I die.
At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?
It’s close. It says I’m doing a show about being a children’s author and that’s still what the show is, so that’s a win. But for longer blurbs I wrote that the show featured puppetry and original songs, which was a lie then and still is now. I dress as a caterpillar during the show, does that count as puppetry? It doesn’t.
What are your tips for getting people to see your show?
Bellowing the word ‘Free’ helps. Tell everyone your show is free, even if it isn’t. Especially if it isn’t. It’s an ethical grey area, and might result in quite hostile audiences, but you’ll have their money by that point so f**k ’em. F**k everybody.
Also, having a 2 minute chat with someone about your show is about 1000% more likely to get them in than shoving a flyer in their hand and moving on.
Is there anyone in particular you’d like to see in your audience?
My parents, but they’ve decided to go on holiday during the Fringe this year. Which is absolutely fair enough. “It’s only for a week though,” I said, “you can still come up to the Fringe after that, maybe?” That was what I said in my email, but they haven’t got back to me.
I would also like to see John Henry from The Beta Males there, because his show’s on at the same time as mine, and that would be a good prank on his audience.
Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?
I’m sharing with fellow Beta Males, John Henry Falle and Richard Soames, both doing solo shows, and Jay Foreman will also be there for half the run. My plan is to turn them against each other by spreading lies. Did you know that John Henry once squeezed Richard’s pet fish between his hands until it died? Or that Richard calls Jay, behind his back, “Elijah Wood, if glimpsed through a haunted mirror”? Or that Jay has had full sex with all of John Henry’s books?
Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?
Wings. It’s a restaurant that has over 100 ways to serve chicken wings and they’re delicious, cheap, the booze is fairly priced and there’s comic book art all over the walls. Also, Oink, and nachos from The Auld Hoose.
What’s your topping at The Baked Potato Shop on Cockburn Street?
I’ve never actually been. I was born in Jersey, so going anywhere that specialises in potatoes would be a busman’s holiday.
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Well, I better plug the show then. At 10.45pm I’m doing my first ever solo hour, I Am Mr Children Man, at the Counting House Loft from 6-30th of August (not the 19th). It’s free and it also features puppetry and original songs.
I’m also doing a sketch double act, called KINGS!, with Lydia King in the Pleasance Cellar at 00:15 every night 7-30th (not 20-23rd), which is also free.
Also, keep an eye out for John Henry’s The Story Beast (Pleasance Courtyard), Richard’s Richard Soames Does The Right Thing (Underbelly), Lydia King’s A Date With Density (Underbelly) and Jay Foreman’s Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children (Pleasance Courtyard). All four shows involve actual original songs, because they’re try-hard wankers.
Adam Blampied: I Am Mr Children Man
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House
6-30 August, 10.45pm