Best Male Comedian winner, New Zealand Comedy Guild awards 2017. Best Show nominee, NZ International Comedy Festival 2017. Best Newcomer nominee, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016. Guy Montgomery has a list of awards under his belt and will be at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019. He spoke with The Fountain about how excited he is about this years Fringe and about how his show is by far the most intriguing out of all the Fringe shows.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?
Great question! Of everyone coming to the Edinburgh Fringe this year I would like it on the record that I am the most excited (and it’s not even close). Other performers will talk about the artistic challenge and the financial burden of bringing a show to Edinburgh but not me, all I can think about is how excited I am.
TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Great question! Of all the shows at the Edinburgh Fringe I would like it to be known that my premise is far and away the most intriguing. Other shows might have more moving parts or performers in them but none have a more intriguing premise. It is a show from the perspective of a privileged person reckoning with their privilege, well after the fact it has helped get them to where they are.
TF: And what drove the project, where do your influences lie?
Great question! A conversation with my girlfriend over dinner drove the project. I talked about wanting to make a more personal show but being afraid and how I’d been considering talking about this stuff on stage but never had the courage or finding it too confronting and she told me that’s exactly why I have to do the show! So I wrote it and workshopped it over summer and autumn in New Zealand and Australia. In stand up comedy I love Lou Sanders, Wanda Sykes, Aaron Chen and James Acaster. Norm Macdonald and Peter Cook are the two people who made me laugh and want to try stand up before I started.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
I have been as a performer once before in 2015, I performed a split bill with Rose Matafeo in a nightclub at 4PM where the majority of seats were made up of booths, half of which involved the audience having their backs to us. To remedy this nightmare of a layout we devised a strategy whereby we would perform our sets simultaneously, hers from the front of the room, mine from the back. In theory this meant everyone in the room would get to watch a comedy performance but in practice it was an unmitigated disaster. I am looking forward to seeing the room again!
TF: And what are your future plans, beyond the Fringe?
I will return to New York City (where I’m currently based) to continue pursuing my dream of blowing all my savings and returning home by the time I’m 32. I also have a huge back log of promotional questionnaires I am looking to get through before the end of the year.
You can see I Was Part Of The Problem Before We Were Talking About It at Assembly Studio 4 from 31st July – 25th August at 8:55pm. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com