Twonkey’s 10th show is about grotesque cake decorating shop in the Dordogne that has been secretly making fake weather since 1982. Mr Twonkey says, ‘Last week I knocked on the door licking my lips in anticipation. The shopkeeper opened the door, a tiny woman who was all baggy eyes with a hard miserable face and fast little legs. I had made a horrible mistake?’ Twonkey is back this year at Edinburgh’s Fringe with new show, Twonkey’s Ten Year Twitch and spoke with The Fountain about it.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
I know it’s always a blast but it’s also a lot of hard work too. Its my tenth year so must like it. …Right?
TF: Twonkey’s Ten Year Twitch certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
You enter my little world and dance, sing and pull out some puppets and as tell the story of weather factory in the Dordogne. At one point we find ourselves on the supernatural highway as I see the dead in my rear mirror and pull over for some accordion based pump action. The ships wheel is back and this year there’s been some trouble at the fairground.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
My imagination is always a busy place and the Twonkey project is pressure valve every year at the fringe it pops and content just pours out. I think Steve Wright the American stand up from Massachusetts was first person that made me want to do funny stuff. He was so wonderful with amazing deadpan one-liners such as:
“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time”
“It’s a small world, but I wouldn’t want to paint it.”
“I went to a tourist information booth and said ‘Tell me about some people who were here last year.'”
“When we were driving over the border back into the United States, they asked me if I had any firearms. I said what do you need?”
“I went to a place to eat. It said ‘breakfast at any time.’ So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.”
He looked how Art Garfunkel would look if he had just killed Paul Simon. I just wanted to be that guy you know, the guy that killed Paul Simon…. No I like Paul Simon but you know what I mean he was funny and smart.
Here’s a video of him.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
If you’re first time performer just take it easy and enjoy yourself –it won’t all happen in the first year it takes time. People think they’re going to be famous straight away but it doesn’t really work like that.
A couple of show I enjoyed at the Prague Fringe will be coming to the Edinburgh Fringe are:
Isa Bonachera: The Great Emptiness
An Audience with Yasmine Day
Go see both great fun shows.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Twonkey’s Ten Year Twitch?
See you in Hollywood…..more likely I will coming back down to earth with a thump!
Twonkey’s 10 Year Twitch will be at the Just The Tonic Caves Wee One at 16:10 from 1st – 25th August. For tickets, go to www.edfringe.com