Describe your show to us
The show is a crazy inner monologue whilst I am out training for the Man’s Man final in Mansfield. I am determined to be the most macho man around but there is a monkey chasing me at every opportunity. As I flee the monkey, I am forced to question what it stands for in the hope that I can work through it in time to prove my impeachable masculinity to the world. Confused? Don’t worry. It all makes sense when you watch it.
How does it feel returning to Edinburgh after your success last year?
Daunting in a way, but also lovely. It was the most incredible month last year. If I could bottle up a moment in my life it would be that month. Returning with the same show for a limited run has a nice full-circle quality to it in the sense of retiring the show where it started one year ago. On the flip side, I will miss the madness for sure. I wanted to do a new show but I just didn’t have the time. Next year, though. Fingers crossed!
What is your top Fringe survival tip?
Night Nurse. Man, I drank that stuff by the truckload last year (within reason, of course). It staves off that dreaded Fringe Flu. Also, do not read reviews until the last month. It is hard to do but it helps. A good review will only make you complacent and a bad review will only make you doubtful. Save it all for the end.
What is the best and worst thing about the festival?
The best and worst thing is the cut throat, knife-edge nature of the whole thing. The press juggernaut of the Fringe is hard to avoid and as a result every body knows everybody else business – who is having a good month and who is having a bad one, so there is this constant feeling of being exposed everywhere you go. But if the nature of Edinburgh was not so cut throat then the rewards would not be so great either. That is why it is both the best and worst thing about the festival.
WHERE & WHEN
Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do
Summerhall, 18-27 August, 11pm, £15