Who? Darius Davies
What? Persian of Interest
Where? Just The Tonic at The Tron (Venue 51)
What are your feelings as you enter into this year’s Edinburgh Fringe season?
I’m feeling a combination of nervousness and excitement. This is my first year not doing a show on the Free Fringe and having an earlier start time than usual. Also unlike most years I have previewed the show already – as opposed to writing it the night before!
What is the premise of your Edinburgh show this year?
My show touches on my heritage but really it deals with the way our lives are being more and more dictated by our online presence. I talk about the weaponisation of social media, the spread of fake news, and more importantly I demonstrate how easy it is to manipulate the news in 2019. I believe my show has a very important and FUNNY message.
What is the biggest obstacle you face(d) while putting this show together?
Getting the narrative arc to flow properly – which I believe I have managed and ensuring that I have enough “jokes” so my show doesn’t turn into a boring Ted Talk. It’s a comedy show first, and hopefully it will have a take away message too.
Has your attitude towards the Fringe changed at all in recent years?
My attitude has changed so much as in previous years I was mainly bringing a show up for fun and to enjoy the festival. I still wanted to make money and do as well as I could, but perhaps I didn’t see the big picture of what Edinburgh could offer, in regards to opportunities and development as a performer.
Do you have any other Edinburgh show recommendations?
Yes I do! You should come and see Hate N Live (JTT The Big Cave 10:30pm). This is a show I co-created and is now in it’s 6th year. It gets bigger and better every year. Audience write down things they hate, and the comedians have to hate on them. Simple.
UFC Unleashed for MMA fans with Justin Panks (4.30pm Free Sisters) will be great if you like combat sports, and of course I have to plug Leo Kearse Transgressive which knowing Leo will be amazingly funny.
Where would you like to be in a year’s time?
This time next year – I would like to be more established within the industry and frantically trying to write a show to follow up Persian of Interest’s litany of 5 star reviews! I’d also like to get Hate N Live onto television in some form or other.