Fringe comedy debut: Birthday Girls

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  • 16 August 2013

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Fringe comedy debut: Birthday Girls

Former Lady Garden members perform Edinburgh Fringe 2013 debut

What do you think might work out as the best piece of advice you receive ahead of your Fringe debut?
‘Don’t read reviews!’ We read this in an article by Josie Long on advice when coming to the Fringe and we think it’s a good idea as it makes it easier to perform the show consistently and focus on making sure each audience enjoys it. Whether we actually manage to follow this advice or not is a different matter, especially when other comedians come up to us in the Courtyard and say ‘I read your review on [insert name of obscure internet publication] … ‘ with a look of sympathy.

What do you expect will be the least useful piece of advice?
‘Having a real dog in the show is a great idea.’ This was less advice and more Beattie trying to convince us to have a real dog in the show. Luckily we talked her out of it.

Imagine this is September: looking back at August, what would constitute a successful Fringe?
Really, our main aim is for people to come and for them to enjoy the show, so we’ll be happy if we get audiences that number in double figures and they leave smiling! It would also be nice if we could leave smiling too.

In krugerrands, how much do you expect to lose during the Fringe?
If we stopped to work this out we would not be going! We like to think what we lose in money, we gain in experience. In reality it’s what we lose in money we gain in weight from all the deep fried haggis that we develop an inexplicable addiction to during August.

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?
Absolutely, we love a good carpet. BOOM. IT’S A PUN ON THE WORD SHAG! Expect exactly this level of comedy from our show.

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?
We have a ‘no drinks before the show rule’ so theoretically our performances will be unaffected by alcohol. Thinking about it, it’s a sad state of affairs that we have to have this rule seeing as doing our show is technically our job for a month. It sort of makes us sound like alcoholics. If we were doctors and we had a ‘no drinks before the operating room’ rule, we’d definitely have a problem. After the show, Rose and Beattie will consume between one to twelve beers. Camille will have a small glass of ginger ale because any more and she gets fighty.

What qualities do you expect from a Fringe venue?
Intense darkness, stifling heat, uncomfortable seating: COME AND SEE OUR SHOW GUYS, IT’S GOING TO BE SO FUN!

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?

See response to first question. We’d like to say not reading reviews makes us bulletproof as people and comedians but in reality it will probably make us super-paranoid that if someone doesn’t make eye contact or seems a bit off it’s because they’ve read a bad review of us.

Next year, will you consider returning as a double act?
No, because the secret of our humour is rooted in a blood pact that the three of us made on a dark night on a heath in Scotland. Also part of the pact was that if someone tries to leave, the other two kill them.

Do you undertake any superstitious rituals before going on stage?
If you count ‘searching for props that have not been put away correctly after the previous day’s show’ as a superstitious ritual then yes.

If you were about to perform at the Fringe for your tenth year, where would you expect your career to be at that point?
We’ll still be together obviously (blood pact) but maybe we’ll be able to afford a real dog in the show? Fingers crossed.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 3–26 Aug (not 13), 6pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8). Previews 31 Jul–2 Aug, £6.

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