Who? Nicky Wilkinson
What? Game On
Where? Laughing Horse @ The Lock Up (Venue 238)
What are your feelings as you enter into this year’s Edinburgh Fringe season?
I tell you what, I’m feeling dead excited about this year. It’s gonna be good, I can feel it in me waters.
What is the premise of your Edinburgh show this year?
It’s all about me and my competitive nature and how that’s not always such a great thing. There’s stand-up and games and prizes. It’s loads of fun and I can’t wait to get cracking!
What is the biggest obstacle you face(d) while putting this show together?
Time. It’s always time with me. I’m one half of physical comedy duo, The Kagools and we’re also doing a new show this year called Cirque du Kagool. It’s been hard trying to get BOTH shows ready in time but I think we’ve just about managed it.
Has your attitude towards the Fringe changed at all in recent years?
I love Edinburgh, I really do. The only thing that increasingly disappoints me every year is the cost of it all. It’s an open access festival yet the cost of everything involved in putting on a show is becoming more and more for the elite. Mostly it’s the rising accommodation costs. My parents love Edinburgh too and have been up every year, they watch all sorts of shows and I love catching up with them at they end of their visit to see what they loved (and what they didn’t)! As a retired couple on a crap pension, it’s a real struggle to find affordable digs for them.
Do you have any other Edinburgh show recommendations?
The Kagools: Cirque du Kagool of course! It’s the most fun you can have in waterproofs. Dr Lara Love, Hayley Ellis, Javier Jarquin, Mick Neven, Bart Freebairn, Maisie Adam. Oooh, I can’t wait to see Rob Rouse and his gorgeous wife, Helen, in a play they wrote together called ‘Funny in Real Life’. Rob Deering’s Beat This will be fun – I’m going to guest on that. Me old mate from Hull, Jack Gleadow’s debut hour and gawd… there’s too many!
Where would you like to be in a year’s time?
I think I’m going to bring the same shows back to Edinburgh in 2020 so this time next year, I’d like to be on a beach stroking a cat, relaxing in the knowledge that I am totally prepared.