We chat to Award Winner Terry Alderton ahead of their performance at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Tell us about your show
It’s going to be the best show I’ve ever done! It’s a musical. What more do you need to know? I think some people are going to love it, some people will think it’s a little peculiar and some people will hate it and walk out the middle – you know, a normal Terry Alderton show. Normal HA HA HA HA!
We’ve been working for a while now on our Radio 4 shows and they’re wild! So this show is a continuation of that. I’ve been working with a guy called Owen Parker. He got nominated for a Grammy and has written songs and worked with Girls Aloud, Pet Shop Boys, Billy Bragg, Robbie Williams, Simple Minds and loads of other people, so the songs are really good and funny – at least I think they’re funny. We’re either going to leave with another award (like last year) or I’m going to get sectioned.
We’re really trying to do something new and original and I can’t wait for people to see it. Last year we got loads of 5 star reviews and we won The Malcolm Hardee Award, but one reviewer gave us 1 star and described the show as “a toxic spew of irrelevant bile”. That was my favourite review of them all!
I have to be incredibly grateful to Richard Melvin; he’s helped me put the show together. He’s a real comedy connoisseur and a brilliant producer – without him, there would be no musical. Our main argument has been about what point in the show to drop the curtain to reveal the 80 strong gospel choir. He reckons we should do it after 20 minutes, but I think we need to do it right at the end. Then again though, it’s not me paying for them all to come here from New York.
What has been your weirdest Fringe moment?
I once ate a very dry chicken shawarma. I couldn’t understand why it was so dry. Then halfway through I realized I was eating the napkin it was wrapped in at the same time.
I also got a really nice table and a free meal at a very swanky restaurant once because the staff there thought I was Harry Hill.
Weirdest of all though was the time a fellow comedian bit me on the nipple in the middle of an argument about England’s midfield selection.
What would be your number one tip for newcomers?
It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Enjoy it and make the most of all the opportunities. If someone offers you the red pill – take it! And don’t worry too much, it’s not that big a deal. It’s not a proper job.
What’s the best and worst thing about the festival?
Seeing all my friends and seeing all my friends.