Who? Gary Tro
What? The Greatest Superhero Movie Never Made
Where? Gilded Balloon at Old Tolbooth Market (Venue 98)
What are your feelings as you enter into this year’s Edinburgh Fringe season?
Preemptive nostalgia. I’m already mentally constructing a montage of all the bloody great times I’m going to have; packed rooms full of awesome audiences; laughing with good friends around a bottle of good wine as we talk about good things that are good; skiing down Arthur’s Seat with the person I love, who I’ll probably meet on the first day; campfires on the Meadows as Gregg plays the Ryan Adams version of Wonderwall on the piano; making all the money I’ll ever need to make via a bucket. Such good times ahead. Never at any point during the Fringe will anything happen that’s not one of these things. Never.
What is the premise of your Edinburgh show this year?
It’s called The Greatest Superhero Movie Never Made! It’s a show about the greatest superhero movie never made in which I read out a screen play I’ve written of the greatest superhero movie never made called The Greatest Superhero Movie Never Made.
What is the biggest obstacle you face(d) while putting this show together?
Coming up with the name of the show took ages. Also, initially, I wanted the show to be solely me reading a screenplay to the audience but it took me far too many previews to realise that a guy reading from a sheet of paper for an hour is just awful. I apologise to anyone who attended those previews! But you all fell on your swords so that I could create what is now a bloody masterpiece.
Has your attitude towards the Fringe changed at all in recent years?
Yes. My complete lack of expectation means that I enjoy it far more now. Twelve people in the audience? No problem. It’s a Monday. I will give those twelve people the best God damn show of their lives and they’ll cheer for more as loudly as the 13 people who were in on Saturday!
Do you have any other Edinburgh show recommendations?
I’m genuinely interested to watch Brendan Murphy’s show F.R.I.E.N.D – it’s about the TV show F.R.I.E.N.D.S but from the perspective of Gunther.
Where would you like to be in a year’s time?
Still doing this because I bloody love it.