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Imaginary Radio: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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Drennon Davis takes a darker look at American pop culture in this satirical radio programme.

Hello. How are you today?


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

Oh! Good question. The title American Propaganda still holds up I think. What I expect it to be and what you expect it to be are two different things. I hope it matches up for everyone. Most of the content was created before Tronald Dump was Hitler, but I hope the title matches to a certain extent. I should probably also mention that it’ll be changing throughout the month as I’ll have different collaborators and special guests throughout the festival.

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

I feel like I’ve put myself on a bit of a time-out since everything has happened. I think artists are acting very appropriately. I feel like we’re either fucking anything that moves like it’s the end of the world or we’re like “Oh shit. I better stop fucking around.” I tend to go back and forth between these two states. I think you’ll find that in the show too. It’s either highly sexual or highly cerebral.

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

I’m sharing a house with my producers, and the other artists in the show. We’re filming a pilot while we’re there so there will probably be a camera crew staying with us too. If there’s anyone else that you know that needs a place to sleep, let me know. We could use a few circus acts to fill out the sexual energy in the kitchen.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

I always enjoy seeing my friends Sam Simmons and Phil Burgers (Dr. Brown) buffoonery. They are old men with old men problems now so it’ll be fun to laugh at them.

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

I’m looking forward to getting out of my country for awhile and remembering what it’s like to be in an international community of likeminded dummies and doing what we do best. And having sex with as many of them as possible.

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

Although Bowie hit me hard, he at least had time to say goodbye in the fashion of a legendary rock star should. Honestly I think Prince and George Michael affected me more, personally. In 2016, I had been writing a lot of Prince AND George Michael inspired songs in a genre that I can only describe as “sex-funk.” A guitar company called Di’Angelico just decided to start sponsoring me and sent me a beautiful guitar that looked like something Prince would have played. The day that the guitar arrived, Prince had died. It spooked me out and I couldn’t play the guitar for a week. I finally got the courage and decided to play my sex-funk songs for an Imaginary Radio Program special I was doing on Seeso TV (an NBC comedy channel in America) and dedicated it to Prince. I played the songs on my new Prince guitar and everyone in the place took off their clothes and started fucking. Just kidding. But how great would have it been if an orgy started at the end of my comedy special?

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

Well now that I’ve got you’re attention. Please check out my albums on Spotify and come watch my show The Imaginary Radio Programme – American Propaganda at the Cask Room at Just the Tonic. I love you

The Imaginary Radio Programme
Just the Tonic @ The Mash House
3-27 Aug, 5pm

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