Who? Robin Morgan
What? What a Man, What a Man, What a Man, What a Mighty Good Man (Say It Again Now)
Where? Laughing Horse @ The Pear Tree – Main room (Venue 257)
What are your feelings as you enter into this year’s Edinburgh Fringe season?
Nervousness. My brilliant wife will be 8 months pregnant in August and we are keeping everything crossed she doesn’t go into labour early and we have an Edinburgh baby. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – Scottish citizenship will probably come in handy, but I think we’d rather have them at home.
Also excitement about the show. It’s the best one I’ve done. But mainly the nervous about the baby thing.
What is the premise of your Edinburgh show this year?
It’s a ‘dead Dad show’ about my not dead Dad. It’s about my son, calling out the double standards in parenting, and what makes a good male role model. I think it’s my Dad.
What is the biggest obstacle you face(d) while putting this show together?
I’ve currently had 3 walk-outs, all at the same point in the show, so I know at least one bit of material is pissing a certain type of person off. But that’s exciting. I’ve never had that before! I’ve got a plan of action with how to deal with it (nothing aggressive) which I’m very excited about.
Has your attitude towards the Fringe changed at all in recent years?
I’m going to try and gig less this year. Every year I do about 10 gigs a day and then wonder why I’m exhausted by Week 3. It helps I’ve got the family up. Soft play in the mornings, gigs in the early evening, dinner and Emmerdale after that. World’s Biggest Arts Festival and I’m going to have dinner with Emmerdale. Yes please. Can’t wait.
Do you have any other Edinburgh show recommendations?
I’d always recommend Jordan Brookes as we started at the same time in Cardiff, and you just don’t know what he’s going to do. Helen Bauer is doing her first show, as is Sophie Duker, they’re both amazing. Olga Koch and Maisie Adam have me in stitches every time I see them so excited to see theirs too.
Where would you like to be in a year’s time?
With all the love in the world, not doing Edinburgh. I’m giving myself a year off next year so I’ll probably go on HOLIDAY. What countries do they have Emmerdale? I’ll go there.