Chris Grace is going to be a very busy man during this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. He is set to perform as part of improv group Baby Wants Candy, one of the longest running improv shows of the fringe; in Julie Shavers’ comedy play Mary Go Nowhere and also in the Game Of Thrones parody: Thrones! The Musical.
1) What excites you most about the Edinburgh Festival?
The chance to perform for the best audiences in the world, and see a hundred wonderful/awful/silly/amazing shows.
2) What was /is your first Edinburgh show about?
I first came to Edinburgh with Baby Wants Candy in 2012. It’s a super-fun musical improv show with a full rock band that is still a blast to this day!
3) Does your comedy attract a certain type of audience?
It seems to be a diverse group: we have people that love improv comedy, and hate improv comedy, and people that love musicals and despise musicals!
4) What is the worst experience you’ve had with Edinburgh accommodation?
The time when I thought I’d treat my partner and I to a night in a hotel, which was absolutely lovely and modern and clean, and also had no fan, air conditioning or windows that could open, and we gradually heated up the damp room with our existence, and then we finally fell asleep, and then at 3 AM the fire alarm for the entire building went off so we stood out on Cockburn St with the rest of the patrons of the hotel like sad tourist zombies.
5) What is your most treasured memory of your comedy career so far?
Shepherding “Thrones! The Musical” from an idea in someone’s head to a show that makes people laugh and cry and cheer.
6) What show will you definitely be seeing at the festival this year?
“Domesticated”, a show by my hilarious friend Christine Holt at Paradise in The Vault.
7) What do you hope to gain from the Edinburgh Festival this year?
I’d like to see as many old friends as possible and make as my new ones as I can!
8) What do you imagine your last ever show will be about?
It will probably be a one-man show performed in the cafeteria of the nursing home that I’ll be living in. It will feature a scathing critique of that week’s bland menu and the fact that the older residents won’t let me participate in their mah-jong game. Admission will be free but you have to bring me a newspaper and a medium-sized container of Chinese roast pork.