Last years So You Think You’re Funny award winner, Maisie Adam, who burst onto the comedy scene a mere eighteen months ago is doing a full-run show at the Fringe this August! After winning the biggest stand-up comedy newcomer competition, it’s exciting to see what she has to offer Edinburgh this August.
Maisie spoke with The Fountain about what inspired this show and who else she is looking forward to see this August.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
It is exciting, though I am absolutely bricking it as well. It’s the biggest fringe festival in the world and I’m lucky enough to just be part of that in any way, but the fact I get to perform my own show every day there at the Gilded Balloon is just an absolute dream come true for me. I’m proper buzzing for it!
TF: Vague certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
It’s essentially about growing up, and navigating your youth with all the reckless experiences that entails, however mine were all matched with trying to manage being diagnosed with Epilepsy. So there’s that nostalgia of youth that everyone can relate to, along with my perspective of it which I think is quite unique.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
Any advice I ever sought from fellow comics that I looked up to, one tip was always the same; Write what you know. For me, this is what I know. These experiences are mine, but I believe I can make them relatable and accessible to anyone in my audience, or at least I hope so! I didn’t want to write about something just for the sake of it, as it would sound forced and probably uninformed. This is what I know, because it’s my life.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
No this is my first ever Fringe! I came up last year to compete in So You Think You’re Funny and didn’t expect to win so I just booked as many shows for the day after the final as possible to take my mind off things. Then when I did win, I was sat in all these shows still grinning like an idiot from the night before! I’d really like to see as much of my fellow comics shows as possible, there’s loads of great comedians also doing their debut this year, so I want to show my support. Heidi Regan’s show is apparently ace so I must make sure I see that. My favourite show from last year was Lauren Pattison’s Lady Muck so I’m excited to see her new one this year.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond The Fringe?
Honestly? It sounds cliched but I just want to come out of the Fringe as a better comedian than when I started. Anything else will be a bonus, though I would like to think I could take my show elsewhere afterwards, perhaps to some comedy festivals. My parents don’t live in the UK so won’t get to catch me at Edinburgh, so hopefully if it gets picked up for something post-Fringe, they can catch it then!
Photo courtesy of Steve Ullathorne
Maisie Adam: Vague, Gilded Balloon Wee Room, 4.30pm, 4th – 27th August