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Enterprise: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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Enterprise is a fast-paced, surreal comedy play written by Fringe First winner Brian Parks and directed by multi Fringe First winner David Calvitto, 

One of the stars Brian Dykstra answers our Qs.

Hello. How are you today?

Hey. Groggy and sore. Hiked 6 miles yesterday, closed a show the day before, went out on a boat last night after the hike and we ran aground on a mud bank, while discussing the fracked gas pumping station being expanded less than a kilometre from the house my friends are building out in the woods, all the while suffering from the horror of our political reality and some crap allergies. Thanks for asking. Why? How are you?

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

At THIS stage? We match perfectly. Of course we are still a few days from the first rehearsal and our fearless director has yet to make his series of ridiculous demands on our intransigent playwright, while one cadre of actors lobbies for major changes, another fights those changes with the wilful insistence of old men in an episode of The Simpsons, the Diva among us does it exactly the way he wants, and the stage manager chimes in with the only sensible solutions to everything but is summarily dismissed at every turn. But yeah, at this stage, the programme blurb is a perfect mirror of the show we are about to present…Enjoy!

Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your act in any way?

Other than having given us a cheeto-clown who will do what he can to stop progress on every front, embarrass the U.S. in every corner of the globe, and ruin the environment for future generations, damming the whole entire planet to the existence described in the last six chapters of Cormac McCarthy’s, “The Road” while all the while having to reel from the same kind of yahoo thought that led to Brexit, forcing us to realize this mouth-breathing hillbilly mentality isn’t only confined to the U.S. and stuck with the reality that maybe the French are right about themselves and they simply are better because keeping LePenn under wraps beats the insanity we’ve both unleashed? No, I’m good. After all, I’m fifty-something and it has been pointed out that the damage being done to the environment won’t really kick in until most of us are dead and gone and, let’s face it, who really gives a shit about their GREAT-Grandkids? Right?

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

I’m sharing a flat with the other three actors, the director, the playwright, the light board operator, whomever tawdry hooker the director drags home, guests of the actors and my wife (who is one-and-the-same as the light board op). How will we help each other survive? By staying out of the flat as much as humanly possible so as to be forced to see each other only at performances and scheduling which shows to go see so as to maximize time apart. The drinking thing in the same clubby little pub-like setting will be unavoidable as drinks are cheaper in our own little “artists-only” enclave, but alcohol-as-painkiller may trick us into thinking, “Hey, that guy who leaves dishes in the sink, isn’t so bad after all…” making the sober reality of morning (when every last tea cup is caked with dried cereal) more like a jolt of ice water mixed in an acid bath. But you know, enjoy the strawberry, the tiger will be there when you’re finished…

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

At the time of this writing, I have exactly zero idea about anything else even happening at the festival. None. I mean, I’ve heard from friends who are also planning on going over and I’ve feigned enough interest to have asked them about their shows…but I don’t remember a single title. And, truth be told, most of them kind of can’t act, anyway…so really, do yourself a favour, see Enterprise a couple of times, ignore everything else in that time slot for a few days and come up after the show and ask what I think you should see. As I think you can tell…I totally will not steer you wrong.

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

The bar fights. Last time I was there I saw two full on, everybody-punching-or-being-punched-by-everybody-else donnybrooks. They were awesome. I mean, I Thought I had seen a bar fight before. But I hadn’t. Not like the one I walked past and glanced in the window to witness. There must have been seventy-five people swinging fists like a horribly choreographed Bruce Lee movie. No one, let me repeat NO ONE was trying to break anything up. There were no peacemakers. Just smacking and getting smacked by whatever joker was near enough to reach. Stunning! Oh, and the Haggis. I like it. Oh, and the arguments about who does what worse. Are the Brits worse at American accents, or are Americans worse at British ones? There’s always a potential bar fight at the end of that discussion.

What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016 (mine was Wogan)?

For me it was Abe Vigoda. Not because I was so fond of Abe Vigoda, but every time there’s a death pool (you know, where you put some money in the pot along with the name of the next celebrity who you think is going to die) for YEARS I’ve bet on Abe Vigoda. And this year, just after Zsa Zsa Gabor kicked, I was on vacation and didn’t submit my entry in time. So, imagine my chagrin when I read in some tissue paper thin version of The International Herald while sipping rum drinks on some French-Speaking Caribbean Island that Abe Vigoda had passed away, and I didn’t have my bet down! I mean, I could have stayed on vacation for another three days with the winnings…Life is cruel.

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

Seriously? What is this? Am I getting paid by the word? Because if I’m getting paid by the word I have so much to say you won’t believe it! I will fill the internet if I’m getting paid by the word. Let’s start with guns. I want to write about guns. Americans and our sick, suicidal, insane fascination with guns. …wait…hang on… (After checking, I am informed that I’m not getting paid AT ALL!) So, yeah, other than “See Enterprise,” no, I’m good…

Assembly George Sq
3-28 Aug, 1.35pm

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