Fringe comedy debut: Eleanor Thom
The comedian performs debut solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013
This article is from 2013.
What do you think might work out as the best piece of advice you receive ahead of your Fringe debut?
Enjoy it, try not to read reviews, rest, it will go faster and slower than you think.
What do you expect will be the least useful piece of advice?
Have a drink before the show.
Imagine this is September: looking back at August, what would constitute a successful Fringe?
Laughing audiences, people enjoying the show, only a few badges left at the end and me having watched lots of wonderful shows whilst I was there.
In krugerrands, how much do you expect to lose during the Fringe?
Some people get married, I’m doing Edinburgh.
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 can’t really drink and perform, it wrecks my timing, so I don’t ever drink before a show. I’m not intending to go and get wrecked but I will probably have a few drinks over the month …
What qualities do you expect from a Fringe venue?
Enormous heat, lovely venue staff and it being like home by the end.
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 have always read reviews as I’m curious to know what people are thinking about the show. But as I’m solo this year, and the show is more personal, I think I will try to hold off reading them until after the run. They affect you if they’re harsh or good, right or wrong. It’s just one person’s opinion but you use it for years if it’s something nice and you remember the cutting ones forever.
Next year, will you consider returning as a double act?
Who knows! I feel a bit like I have two voices at the moment already: my show is based around a woman called Bev and she’s verging into my life and me into hers, so that’s enough doubling for now.
Do you undertake any superstitious rituals before going on stage?
Not really superstitious, but there are certain things I will definitely do and not do before going on. Like eating popcorn: learnt the hard way that it dries up the throat like nobody’s business.
If you were about to perform at the Fringe for your tenth year, where would you expect your career to be at that point?
Impossible to answer, you can’t ever know what will happen, that is the beauty of it (and the bleakness sometimes). I’d hope it would be as fun, exciting and rewarding as it has been for the last five years.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 3–26 Aug (not 14), 3.30pm, £8–£10 (£7–£9). Previews 31 Jul–2 Aug, £6.