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Phil Jarvis: Edinburgh Fringe 2015 interview

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Phil Jarvis is only at the Edinburgh Festival this year where he will be introducing audiences to former performance poet Malcolm Julian Swan.


Hello. How are you today?

Good thanks. I booked the day off, it’s sunny, and pay day and I will almost definitely be buying a fry up.

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

Yes. I’m just worried my suitcase will get rejected on the megabus.

At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?

It’s deliberatively vague. I have been doing this show “Hokum” since January. I work with a different musician in each venue. For Fringe, comedians (not musicians) Andy Barr and Sam Schafer will be revealing their inner John Cage for the show as we collaboratively make an album with the audience. There’s a basic structure to the show with some sort of multiple identity narrative going on, but each gig goes differently. Most feedback I have got so far is that it’s like a David Lynch nightmare.

What are your tips for getting people to see your show? Is there anyone in particular you’d like to see in your audience?

Get up early, flyer for 2-3 hours, approach people in a friendly way, engage with them, and say something when you’re flyering.

I can’t say I did this last year. I remember just handing out leaflets saying “terrible waste of our lives”.

It would be nice to have people turn up.

Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?

I’m in a hostel with Sam Schafer. I’m not there for that long. It’s a holiday; the point is to have fun.

Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?

The food at Mosque Kitchen, drinking with friends, and going for a hike around the city.

What’s your topping at The Baked Potato Shop on Cockburn Street?

Do they do one with cheese? That one, please.

Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it.

Did you know that the Nazis were supporters of homeopathy?

Malcolm Julian Swan presents Hokum
Freestival Arches
11-12 August, various times


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