Richard Soames is one of three members of excellent sketch group Beta Males who has made the decision to go solo at the Edinburgh Festival this year with a show where you can even get a cup of tea made for you.
Hello. How are you today?
Hey guys, you’re nice. I’m all right thanks, actually typing this while on the train up to Edinburgh, so I’m excited / hyperventilating.
Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?
Yeah, I reckon so. There’s a big element of the unknown this year because it’s my first year on my own, not performing with The Beta Males (aside from a 4 night best of towards the end). So, unlike the Beta shows, I don’t know what a show by Richard Soames looks and sounds like, but I think I’ve done one… hopefully… I think… oh God I’m hyperventilating again.
At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?
It’s surprisingly close! After years of writing incredibly vague blurbs (including the sentence “a show where things happen”), I committed to an idea I had about me being a nice person in January and amazingly my show is still about that! I even make tea for people as per my blurb.
What are your tips for getting people to see your show?
Do a good show. If it’s a good show people talk about it and then more people see it, I think word of mouth is the most effective method, but I’m sure people will scratch things in chalk onto the ground like or “Don’t See This Show, Caves 11:30” or “????, 10pm?” which will probably work as well. Bribery also works, hence why I’m making tea for people.
Is there anyone in particular you’d like to see in your audience?
Paul Rudd. I just feel like he’d be nice and attentive the whole way through.
Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?
I am sharing my flat with the other Beta Males, all of us (apart from Guy, the sensible one) are doing solo shows this year, so there will be a great sense of unhealthy competition in the flat which will probably utterly destroy the friendship and trust we’ve built up over the past 12 decades (6 years in real time, it just feels much longer). I think we will be keeping as sane as possible by playing boardgames most nights (we’ve brought about 10 with us, I am so excited), trying to not talk about the festival that’s happening around us and watching the new series of Rick & Morty.
Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?
The board games. And seeing other comedian friends I only see once a year, but I don’t know why we don’t just meet up in London, it would be so much cheaper for all of us.
What’s your topping at The Baked Potato Shop on Cockburn Street?
Cheese and coleslaw. I will fight anyone who thinks that’s not good.
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Richard Soames Does The Right Thing
Underbelly, George Square
5-31 August, 6.50pm
£9 – £10