Who? Phil Nichol
What? Too Much
Where? Monkey Barrel 4 (Venue 515)
What are your feelings as you enter into this year’s Edinburgh Fringe season?
I’m feeling crazy and alive. I’m working 16 hour days and then performing previews at night to keep up with all the work. As well as my solo show, Too Much, I am writing and performing a double act show with Tony Law called Virtue Chamber Echo Bravo and producing/acting in a Eugene O’Neill play entitled Hughie. I’m also directing a couple of shows as well. It’s been fun and exhilarating. Can’t wait to get them all up and running.
What is the premise of your Edinburgh show this year?
The planet is messed up. Society has devolved. Mankind is hopeless. Vegans are right. You can’t punch a fascist. The left are self-righteous morons. Everyone is a selfish prick. I’m a bleeding hypocrite. It’s all too much. Too much. Too Much takes an unflinching look at ageing, recognition, mental health, values, norms, patience, everything and conkers delivered in my unique live-wire style.
What is the biggest obstacle you face(d) while putting this show together?
Time. I’ve just finished my last tour of the show Your Wrong in June so I’m putting this show together quite quickly even by my own standards. Fingers crossed that it all comes together.
Has your attitude towards the Fringe changed at all in recent years?
I love the Fringe. However, with love comes hurt and pain and joy and contentment. It’s a lot easier to love the Fringe if you are happy with the shows that you are doing. This year I am so happy and excited I think I might burst.
Do you have any other Edinburgh show recommendations?
Yuriko Kotani: Somosomo, Pleasance, 7pm
Where would you like to be in a year’s time?
I’d like to be a little further ahead with my Edinburgh plans than i am this year. Preparing a new show and enjoying the sunny weather and loving life. You?