Fringe comedy debut: Phil Wang
The comedian appears for the first time at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 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?
I've been told by a number of Fringe veterans to refrain from drinking alcohol. Sounds like good advice. Also sounds like I won't be taking it.
What do you expect will be the least useful piece of advice?
To go for a run every day. Exercise makes me sad and thirsty.
Imagine this is September: looking back at August, what would constitute a successful Fringe?
Having eaten under 30 shawarmas.
In krugerrands, how much do you expect to lose during the Fringe?
A rotting old chest's worth.
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?
Is that a kind of dance move or sexual encounter? In either case, it's not looking likely. But who knows?
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 think I will try and rein it in. Definitely nothing before the show. Alcohol makes me mumble and forget why I got on stage.
What qualities do you expect from a Fringe venue?
A good sense of humour and nice eyes.
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 probably will. I think good reviews will affect me positively, but, then again, bad reviews will affect me negatively.
Next year, will you consider returning as a double act?
No. I don't have enough friends.
Do you have any superstitious rituals you go through before going on stage?
Not really. I normally just drink a Coke, go through my notes, and then sacrifice the youngest audience member on a marble altar.
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 try not to expect anything. It's limiting. And that's so far ahead for me it's basically never happening. Will there even still BE comedy in ten years? It'll probably be replaced by tablets that just make you laugh for a bit.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 3–25 Aug, 5.50pm, £8.50–£10 (£7–£9). Previews 31 Jul–2 Aug, £6.