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Stevie Martin: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 interview

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Hello. How are you today?

It’s July, very close to the fringe, so I couldn’t be more relaxed. This is probably the most relaxed I’ve ever been in my life apart from the time I ate 500g of prunes as a dare at university.

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

Bang on. I said expect comedy and do not expect a live horse. I still haven’t managed to get a live horse into the show.

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

I’m sharing it with Adam Riches who is doing three shows – a character monologue at 2pm at The Underbelly and two alternating plays at 9.45 in the Queen dome. I’m doing the two plays. I’d hazard a guess we will be dead by week 2. Nothing to do with the shows, we owe a lot of money to various Leith gangs.

Any shows you’re excited about seeing?

Tessa Coates is doing her second show and I loved her first. Also I have loved every Lazy Susan show so much. Also I want to see if Nick Mohammed’s show actually does feature an elephant. Also The Pin are just amazing all the time. Oh god and Sheeps too.

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

City Cafe and Palmyra.

The Fringe’s tagline this year is ‘Into The Unknown’. What do people not know about you?

This is my first solo show so I’d say pretty much everything. If you want specifics, I can’t play the drums.

I’m bored of all the podcasts I currently subscribe to. Can you recommend me a good one please?

I host a podcast called Nobody Panic which tackles big and small life questions like “how do i leave whatsapp groups without looking like a twat” and “how do I make decisions”. Other than that I really enjoy the Beef and Dairy podcast. It makes me laugh a lot.

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

Right ok a young bartender at the bar I’m in was spinning a bottle opener on his hand trying to look fly and it accidentally flew off and shot into an ice bucket of prosecco. I laughed with him to acknowledge how funny it was and he didn’t laugh at all. He just picked another one up and did it again to demonstrate how he could do it, that this mistake was just a fluke. If you’re the sort of person who doesn’t find the concept of trying to be cool with a bottle opener and fucking it up funny then don’t see my show.

Stevie Martin Vol 1
Pleasance Courtyard
1-27 Aug, 6pm

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