Ed Night is back in Edinburgh for the month of August this Fringe, with new show, Jokes of Love and Hate. He took a moment out of his busy schedule to discuss the new show with The Fountain and his plans for the Fringe.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?
A whole month of extortionate rents, choirs warming up outside my window at 8am in the morning and the exploitation of the people who make the fringe good? What’s not to get excited about! I’m probably more nervous than excited. I like how my show’s shaping up but, I’m worried nobody else will.
TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
The premise is a good comedian doing good comedy. The way I write the show doesn’t really come together ‘til late in the day so I’m not completely sure what it’ll be about quite yet.
TF: And what drove the project, where do your influences lie?
My influences lie all over the place. At the moment, my main influences are Kevin Abstract, Little Simz, Judy Garland, Bruley the Dog from the new season of Queer Eye’s Instagram, Lenny Bruce, Hbomberguy, and lots and lots of spite. I’m big on mood boards and playlists.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
My plan is to keep my head down and try to do a good show. And enjoy myself. Industry people and whatever will always try and push you in certain directions, and the competitive nature of the arts means it’s impossible not to look left and right and subconsciously (or otherwise) imitate what you feel you “should” be doing. But it’s a stressful month and at the end of the day the performers are the ones taking the brunt of the financial and emotional stress, so I think it’s a waste to not have fun doing whatever you think will make it worth it for you. Me personally, beating my flat mates at Mario Kart and drinking makes me feel fulfilled at the fringe.
TF: And what are your future plans, beyond the Fringe?
Regicide. Or buy a Nintendo Switch.
You can see Ed Night: Jokes of Love and Hate at Pleasance Beside from 31st July – 25th August at 9:45pm. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com