Marcus Monroe is not only a stand up comedian, he is also a juggler. He combines these two skills in his shows, making for a truly unique comedy experience. Monroe will be performing his show The Rise and Fall of Marcus Monroe at Assembly George Square Gardens throughout August.
1) What excites you most about the Edinburgh Festival?
I love the fact that any kind of theatre can have a place here, even if it may not work anywhere else or be considered mainstream. For example, if a guy wants to do a show about a monkey exploring a toolbox to the music from Jesus Christ Superstar, it can be done at the Fringe and will probably win awards. That’s what excites me.
2) What was/is your first Edinburgh show about?
My show is about my actual life and struggles as a professional juggler. We go deep in the most ridiculous way. It’s my juggling show combined with some real life story telling and some soft core drug use. Bring the kids!
3) Does your comedy attract a certain type of audience?
I feel like this hour is attracting people who are searching for something to inspire them and laugh a lot along the way. On paper it may appear to be a silly comedy show with some juggling in it, but in reality this thing is layered like well-prepared lasagne.
4) What is the worst experience you’ve had with Edinburgh accommodation?
Unfortunately, I am rooming with my PA Anna during the run. I hate to talk bad about someone, especially someone I’m sharing a flat with for a month. So let’s just say that our Dads are friends.
5) What is your most treasured memory of your comedy career so far?
I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with some of my favorite comedians such as Demetri Martin, Amy Schumer, TJ Miller, Chris Rock, John Oliver, and David Cross. But my most treasured memory is when I won the Andy Kaufman Award in New York City. Andy is my biggest influence and I hope my show is a reflection of that.
6) What shows will you definitely be seeing at the festival this year?
Colt Cabana!!! That man is living the dream. He’s my favorite pro wrestler and one funny man. Also, Sam Simmons. That man is a comedy genius.
7) What do you hope to gain from the Edinburgh Festival this year?
I’m just going to take it as it comes and adapt with it. I’d love to leave Edinburgh in one piece and if I do that I will consider it a win.
8) What do you imagine your last ever show will be about?
My last show ever will probably be about how I wasted my life trying to become this super famous comedian and juggler when all I really wanted to do was work in advertising. Then people will leave the show not knowing if I was serious or not, but how meta.