May 20, 2013 1 Comment
This time last week I wrote Two Years in Comedy, to mark my second anniversary of performing comedy. The post looked back at how things had gone over the previous year, and I concluded that I hadn’t done enough gigs. I went as far as to say that increasing the number of gigs I perform at would be my biggest challenge over the upcoming year. With all that in mind, now seems to be the ideal time to officially announce that I’ll be doing a show at the Edinburgh Fringe this year: Multi-Levelled Morons.
I’d been toying with the idea of doing my own show this year, and got as serious as booking sufficient leave from work to spend all of August up in Scotland. In the end, though, it looked like it wasn’t going to happen. Doing a show on my own seemed like a stretch too far; as much from an organisational perspective as from an artistic one. The deadline for applying for a free show came and went, so it looked like I’d be going up to the Fringe as a visitor only.
But since I’ve already told you that I’m doing a show this year, something, obviously, happened. My super chum Tim Wilderspin had successfully applied to do a solo show at the Laughing Horse Free Festival, and he asked if I’d be an official part of the show. If this wasn’t fate slapping his over-sized member against my bedroom window then I don’t know what was.
Clearly I said yes and here we are.
So, what is Multi-Levelled Morons? Have a read of the official blurb (yes, there’s an official blurb):
Morons. They’re everywhere, sure, but a select band of these idiots have managed to turn stupidity into an art form. Join Tim Wilderspin: ‘Ballsy, silly and truly inventive’ (Dr Brown, Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner 2012) and the irrepressibly daft Ste Price for an afternoon treat of wild, absurd and truly uplifting stand-up and character comedy. Featuring Simeon Gold: The One Man Theatre Company, and Nigel De’Ath, the world’s strangest man. These truly are multi-levelled morons.
In short, we’re each going to do some stand up and some character comedy. The beauty of this approach is that as we’re doing 2 sections each – and I already know what my material will be for Simeon’s bit – then it becomes much more manageable and so much less daunting. Those of you who regularly read this blog will know that I write and perform a wide variety of material, so it’s going to be an interesting experience to settle on a couple of sets and (largely) stick to them for 25 consecutive shows. It’s also going to be amazing to be able to do so many gigs in such a short amount of time (I’m sure someone will remind me of this when I’m having a breakdown halfway through the run). I don’t expect to be ‘discovered’ as a result of the show; I just want the chance to complete an concentrated number of shows, take part in the biggest and best arts festival in the world and to hang out with some lovely people. I can’t wait.
Multi-Levelled Morons is part of the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe via the Laughing Horse Free Festival. Jeykll & Hyde, Hanover Street @ 13:30 1st-25th August (Not 15th).