Who? Samuel Lloyd
Where? Dr Livingstone’s, Basement Room 2
Are you prepared for what this year’s Edinburgh Fringe has in store for you?
Well as I have before, I’ll be going up to gawp at as many shows as I can. I love the Fringe, and I love seeing shows that are completely different, totally interesting, and so so fun. My show is probably the one I’m least excited about, BUT I still can’t wait to get up there and do it. It’s a 3-day run rather than the whole hog, which is a nice balance; it gives me the experience of multiple dates, but as a newbie it means I can ease myself into it.
What is the premise of your Edinburgh show this year?
My show, “Piñata”, is about birthdays and growing up. There’s a lot of things I talk about, especially as a debut show, but that’s the thing that sort of ties it all together. I’ll also have a projector, a powerpoint, and of course, a piñata.
What was the biggest obstacle you face(d) while putting this show together?
Probably all the things that come with doing your first show: organisation, working out how to develop it, having to actually be funny… I think taking a projector to Edinburgh on a flight without paying for baggage will be fun too.
Who would most enjoy your show?
I’d like to think anyone can give it a go, and I’m grateful to anyone who’d like to come see it, but I think, in particular, if you’ve ever felt older than you are, or if you’ve ever had a birthday and found yourself waiting for people to write on your Facebook wall, this is a show I think you’d like.
Do you have any other Edinburgh show recommendations?
I won’t be alone here, but Jordan Brookes. He oozes comedic creativity and I’m immeasurably jealous. Last year I saw his show, Body of Work, before it moved to a more workable venue, and there was no way a bad room was dampening his brilliance. Frank Foucault is another favourite of mine. Again, fantastically original and interesting and very, very funny. Kiri Pritchard-McLean, finally, is probably one of the best comedians in the country right now. She’s as funny as she is effervescent, and in between the laughs you’ll have the biggest smile on your face. Go see her for goodness sake.
What is your favourite thing about Edinburgh as a city?
Everyone is ridiculously friendly given how annoying the Fringe must be to some locals. I think it’s why it wouldn’t happen anywhere else. If a festival of this scale was in Newport, there would be severe flyer-related injuries.
What are your plans for after the festival?
I’m planning to film the show in late Autumn/Winter for online release to raise money for charity, and then after that hopefully I’ll be working on a completely new show. I’ve not had the challenge of scrapping everything and working on a new show from the ground up, but I’m looking forward to it!