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Laughing Stock: My Edinburgh

19th Jul 2016

We spoke to the lovely lot from Laughing Stock, who stocked us up with their best Edinburgh insights for 2016! Catch them in Underbelly's Belly Laugh at Cowgate from 4 - 28 August (not 15).

Have you performed at the Fringe before?

Aye! Rhys and Lewis performed at the Fringe while at their respective universities, back in their salad days. Now they're on their second year with Laughing Stock and it's less salad, more scotch pies and alcoholism. 

Where’s your favourite spot in Edinburgh?

Those steep and narrow alleys that take you, seemingly instantly, from the top of the Royal Mile down to Waverley give incredible views of Edinburgh and contain all sorts of sneakily hidden pubs. A cunning ruse by the locals no doubt. Though, of course, nothing beats standing on the outdoor stage on the Royal Mile, mid-festival, shouting sketch comedy at rightly disinterested pedestrians while the Scottish weather tries to drown you and them and just be done with it, frankly. 

What will you be packing in your suitcase for the Fringe?

Not enough clothes. And too many props. If last year is anything to go by.

Do you know who Greyfriars Bobby is?


What’s the best show you’ve ever seen at the Fringe?

Translunar Paradise back in 2011 was mind-blowing. Last year we saw too many great shows to name them all here but SPANK! and Gary Busey's One Man Hamlet really epitomised the Fringe. SPANK! for consistent good-natured debauchery and Gary B for finding the sublime in the utterly deranged.

What’s the best piece of advice you’d give (or have been given) about the Fringe?

Try try try not to get seriously injured before your show. Last year, Lewis snapped his achilles tendon two days before our previews (and two weeks before Edinburgh). It took some rearranging but he soldiered on and we performed every day with him in a wheelchair or on crutches. I will never forgive Edinburgh for being so hilly and so, so cobbled.
Also, don't stay up all night to get a 6am flight to Birmingham to do a recording to then fly back to Edinburgh straight after, run to the venue, enter the Delhi Belly space and go onstage for the last scene of your sketch show (the other three members having valiantly got through the first 50 minutes without you) because none of the audience members will know who you are and they will think there has been a security breach.

To ceilidh or not to ceilidh?
...that is the question
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The hops and twirls of the Flying Scotsman
Or to take arms against the Dashing White Sergeant
And, by opposing, end both him and your endlessly embarrassing parents at Scottish people's weddings and New Year's Eve.

What can audiences expect from your show? 

Some of it should, should, be quite funny.
It might even be a little bit interesting. 
When all is said and done, if only one person comes away from our show feeling happier than when they went in, then either the show or our marketing campaign will have seriously f**ked up. 

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