“In December I got a massive piece of paper out and all of my notebooks since I started then sifted through them to see who I loved, who I hated and who would fit.”
WHO: Maddy Anholt, Performer/Writer
WHAT: “Character comedian Maddy Anholt returns following five-star sell-outs at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Soho Theatre with a brand spanking new and hilarious hour that delves into her surreal and sparkly world of outlandish characters. As seen on BBC Two’s Sunny D and heard on Radio 4’s No Smoke. Best New Show nominee – Leicester Comedy Festival 2017.”
WHERE: Underbelly Med Quad (Venue 302)
WHEN: 13:30 (60 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
This will be my third full run at the Fringe. I went up for a couple of weeks in 2011 just to discover what the Fringe was about and remember my first night there thinking: ‘what the (insert expletive) is this?!’ That was when I made the decision if I was going to do a full run at the Fringe it would have to be with a show I absolutely loved, at a brilliant venue and I would try and get it sponsored. I went up with Diary of a Dating Addict in 2015, which was on at Gilded Balloon, last year with Rent Girl also at Gilded Balloon and this year I’m at Underbelly with Herselves. Also, cheekily (and with a lot of hard work) I’ve managed to get all three shows sponsored so far.
Tell us about your show.
Herselves is the show I’ve been technically working on for the last 8 years. Or at least, it contains some characters I’ve been working on for the last 8 years. I guess I finally feel I’ve sort of found my feet, which is with a full hour of character comedy. In December I got a massive piece of paper out and all of my notebooks since I started then sifted through them to see who I loved, who I hated and who would fit.
Last Edinburgh I was delighted to sign with Corrie McGuire from ROARComedy who has been nurturing this show and me ever since. She’s great at giving me some cold hard notes on what works, what doesn’t work and what to kill there and then and I really needed that. I’ve kept it in the ROARComedy family by having the wonderful Alexis Dubus AKA Marcel Lucont direct me. His character work is some of the best around so I was thrilled to have him on board.
Herselves is the show I’ve worked on the longest out of all my shows. I was previewing work-in-progresses from January and in February was over the moon for it to be nominated ‘Best New Show’ at the Leicester Comedy Festival. Hopefully it’ll go to the Soho Theatre again which is an incredible venue and then… well, onwards and upwards!
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
I think we are going to be spoilt for choice this year. But some of my recommendations are: Hardeep Singh Kohli, Dane Baptiste and Suzi Ruffell.
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