“See three things a day: Something you know you’ll like: Something you think you’ll hate: Something completely chosen at random – That’s a sure-fire way to do the Fringe.”
WHO: Richard Stott: Comedian
WHAT: “A debut show from a comedian who was born with Poland Syndrome making him lopsided with a misshapen hand. Following life-changing surgery, he has toes for fingers on his left hand and in this unflinchingly honest show, he examines body image, mental health and being disabled in an image-obsessed world. An hour of anarchic storytelling and acidic punchlines exploring how he has learnt to roll with the hand life dealt him and draw humour from what we are told is humourless. ‘Heart-wrenchingly moving and unquestionably funny… I defy anyone not to be enthralled’ (Evening Standard).”
WHERE: Gilded Balloon Teviot – Wee Room (Venue 14)
WHEN: 12:45 (60 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
This is not my first rodeo. I have appeared at the fringe once before in 2017 with my first show Wretched – A Thing of Poor Quality.
The show went well and was enjoyed but that was my first time trying stand-up. So I took 2018 off the fringe to focus on getting better at my craft. I think I’m returning a lot stronger.
What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?
I really focussed on gigging and writing in 2018 and it paid off with me getting a great review in the Evening Standard.
To coolest thing last year was bringing my show back home as I was booked by Hull Truck Theatre. What followed was a euphoric homecoming to a packed audience. That was the night I knew I was getting something right.
Tell us about your show.
The show is having its full premiere at Edinburgh, it’s also my debut hour. The show is written by me as I draw on autobiographical stories to jump into present-day social commentary.
The show is a comedy which focuses on disability and mental health, two awkward subjects that I think we could do with laughing about a bit more. It’s anarchic storytelling with acidic punchlines and a lot of heart.
My agent Andrew Roach has been a tremendous help in terms of getting me surrounded by the right people. I’m working closely with Rob Deering who is directing and Martin Jameson who looking at the overall arch of the script.
After Edinburgh, I’d love to turn this into a tour of the UK.
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
Here are my top recommendations
Karen Hobbs in Pussies
Rob Deering’s Beat That
Sam Lake – Household Essentials
Georgie Morrell – Eyecon
But this is a fun game to play. See three things a day
– Something you know you’ll like
– Something you think you’ll hate
– Something completely chosen at random
That’s a sure-fire way to do the Fringe.
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