Fringe comedy debut: Aisling Bea

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  • 8 August 2013

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Fringe comedy debut: Aisling Bea

The comedian's debut solo show is at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013

What do you think might work out as the best piece of advice you receive ahead of your Fringe debut?
Go to bed.

What do you expect will be the least useful piece of advice?
Stay out.

Imagine this is September: looking back at August, what would constitute a successful Fringe?

Having enjoyed doing my show every day and having had an audience who enjoyed it more than I did.

In krugerrands, how much do you expect to lose during the Fringe?
I expect to make enough of a profit to buy one golden tooth for the front of my mouth. By the time I die, I would like to have clocked up enough shows to lie in a coffin with a full set of golden teeth.

Back in the old days, there used to be a thing called ‘the festival shag’. Is this ancient tradition likely to play any part in your thinking during August?
Dude, I'm only in this for the cock.

Back in the old days, comedians would drink alcohol solidly for a whole month and still manage to get out and do their show every day: how much are you likely to imbibe per day?

I like to create a sort of party vibe at my gigs, so I do like when people are in a pints-and-chats sort of mood. Sometimes I like to have a wee scoop before a gig and sometimes all I want is a tea and a Kinder Bueno. If in doubt, I take a Lemsip.

What qualities do you expect from a Fringe venue?
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity … and a few posters on the walls.

Will you read your reviews before your run is over and if so, how do you think they will affect you as a comedian and as a human being?
I will not be reading reviews. I may read one next year or when I am elderly, but you are yourself on stage and I don't think that you should hear reviews of yourself. It's not naturaI or conducive to minding your sanity. If there is a critique worth noting for the show, I have some good people who will pass that on to me and then go find the guy who said it and kill him.

Next year, will you consider returning as a double act?

With myself? Do you mean get a bit fat?

Do you have any superstitious rituals you go through before going on stage?
A bullet-point set-list, having some kind of drink and putting on the sort of music that teenagers and drug addicts listen to on a night out.

If you were about to perform at the Fringe for your tenth year, where would you expect your career to be at that point?
I would hope that I hadn't been scratched and mauled by the business, that it still made me happy and that I had enough success to be able to fill my venues with people who want to see me and some people who have heard good things. I'd expect to have my eight multi-continental adopted children doing the costume, sound design, lighting and teching and perhaps my ex-husband working as tour manager for a bit of drama.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 3¬–26 Aug (not 13), 6.30pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50). Previews 31 Jul–2 Aug, £5.

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