+3 Interview: Nick Everritt: The Deconstruction

“I’ve finally got some stuff to put on a poster that doesn’t make me die a little inside.”

WHO: Nick Everritt: Performer

WHAT: “Watch in awe as a man in a suit demonstrates his mastery of every genre of comedy. Puns? I’ve got ’em. Satire? Sure! Observational comedy? Indubitably buddy. A wide range of miscellaneous comedic genres in which the tropes and cliches of comedy are deconstructed and subverted for the audience’s amusement? Well yes, that’s basically the premise of the show. ‘A droll, witty and very self-conscious deconstruction of comedy… Expect to see more of him’ (Chortle.co.uk). Laughing Horse New Act of the Year finalist 2018. Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off finalist 2019.”

WHERE: Just the Tonic at The Caves – Just the Spare Room (Venue 88) 

WHEN: 16:55 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

Last year I was part of a split bill show ‘Robot vs Hurricane’, where I cut my teeth doing a full run at the Fringe. I also performed in The Free Association’s improv show ‘Jacuzii’. This is my first time taking a solo show to the Fringe, which promises to ramp up the pressure, fear, elation, despair and hubris compared to anything I’ve done in Edinburgh before.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

I had a decent run in the new act competitions this year, so I’ve finally got some stuff to put on a poster that doesn’t make me die a little inside. Laurel wreaths and everything! I’ve also crossed the arbitrary yet oft-quoted milestone of turning 30.

I wish I could tell you I’ve found love this year or changed my life for the better in a meaningful way outside the very narrow sphere of comedy, but that would be a damnable lie. Still, as least Spurs made it to the Champions League final.

Tell us about your show.

The show is a loving mockery of the tropes and conventions of stand-up comedy. I perform a range of comedy genres – puns, observational, political satire etc. – and get each of them completely wrong. It’s essentially a spoof of an Edinburgh hour, where I play a deadpan, humourless character who doesn’t quite get comedy.

Having come from an improv and character comedy background, when I first tried stand-up I was more comfortable performing as a monotonic, boring, besuited ‘character’ as opposed to performing as ‘myself’. I’m sure all (both) of my friends would agree that the real Nick is a very different beast indeed!

So if you’ve had enough of watching talented comedians delivering funny and heartfelt shows based on their lived experience, why not come along to my show and see a droll parody of what all those other comics are doing?

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

I can heartily endorse my comedy chums Lorna Shaw, Shivani Thussu and Flora Anderson who are all taking solo shows to the Fringe this year.

I’d also recommend taking a punt on some shows where you’ve no idea quite what to expect. You might just discover your new favourite comic, and you’ll want to come back and see their Fringe shows year after year. Or it might be so awful that it makes for a great anecdote, e.g. “Do you remember that time we saw a show where the comic pretended to be a racist clam for an hour, and not in an ironic way?” By all means go and see the big names and Fringe favourites – I certainly will be – but mix it up with a bit of mystery and peril. What have you got to lose aside from an hour and your will to live?