EdFringe Talk: Nick Everritt: Quiet

“I’m a big fan of the Fringe. I love the hustle, and indeed the bustle. It’s one great big orgy of arts.”

WHO: Nick Everritt

WHAT: “Watch in awe as quiet man Nick Everritt establishes a comedic persona and performs a series of jokes. Featuring perfunctory crowd-work, a series of ice-breaking gags relating to his physical appearance, a lengthy Tinder bit and an obligatory emotionally resonant finale. ‘Those in search of the truly alternative, look no further’ **** (One4Review.co.uk). ‘A droll, witty and very self-conscious deconstruction of comedy… Expect to see more of him’ (Chortle.co.uk). 3rd place, South Coast Comedian of the Year 2020/21. Finalist: Max Turner Prize 2020, Sketch Off! 2019, Get Up Stand Up 2019, Laughing Horse New Act 2018.”

WHERE: Paradise in The Vault – The Vault (Venue 29) 

WHEN: 15:45(60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is my third Edinburgh run. I did a split bill in 2018 and my first hour in 2019. It was at the 2019 Fringe that I learned that performing an hour of niche meta anti-comedy to an audience of 3 in a sweltering cave isn’t always a recipe of success. I’ve therefore designed my current show to be more accessible by featuring more so-called ‘jokes’. I hope to achieve a lower walk-out rate this time around. (It was 9% in 2019).

I’m a big fan of the Fringe. I love the hustle, and indeed the bustle. It’s one great big orgy of arts. You get to rub shoulders with so many aspiring young artists and creatives and you can practically smell the debt in the air. What better way to spend all your savings and annual leave?

What are the big things you’ve learned since 2019 and have you absorbed any of the lessons yet?

Since the pandemic I’ve learned that nothing is permanent, save for the indelible truth of the statement “nothing is permanent”, which is indeed permanent. I’ve learned that you have to live life to the full each and every day, but doing so is difficult in practical terms due to work, responsibilities, the cost of living, global events over which you have no control, and the paralysing pressuring of feeling like you have to live life to the full each and every day.

Tell us about your show.

Nick Everritt: Quiet is a parody of an Edinburgh hour. On paper the show is about shyness and how I’m trying to overcome it through comedy, but in truth the theme of shyness is only there to provide the illusion of structure and dramatic heft. In the show I establish a shy and creepy comedic persona and then perform a series of jokes. These jokes alternate between conventional jokes which are good because they’re funny, and jokes which are so bad they’re good because they’re not funny, but that’s what makes them funny.

Is the show good? I don’t know because nobody came to my previews. But each joke has worked on multiple occasions in the mics, pubs and clubs of Greater London and rural Kent.

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

Ted Hill: All The Presidents Man. I normally have a visceral hatred of PowerPoint shows but this one’s really good. Aside from that you should seek out the weirdest shows you can. Watch the one-woman King Lear where she’s dressed as a flightless cormorant for no reason. Seek out the mentally ill out of work actor trying to convince a Chinese tourist in the audience to eat cress out of the small of his back. The golden rule is this: the worse the show, the better the anecdote.