Star of BBC's Uncle, Nick Helm, talked to us about his 16 years of Edfringe experience, including ripping on a certain Fringe publication at length, making £50 on one of his shows and some of the unexpected results of doing a Fringe show. Warning: contains tangents (and swears)
Sketch comedian James Hamilton (or Jay-Ham, as we like to call him here at Cracking the Fringe HQ) gave us his best tips about flyering, poster design and other ace advice about the Fringe. Check out his sketch troupe Casual Violence, and follow him on Twitter @JamesHamilton. Click "Read More" for full transcript.
Improviser, comedian and Foster's Best Newcomer Nominee Cariad Lloyd chatted to us over Skype one morning as she made cookies. She talked about The Artist's Way, finding free accommodation and how she spends her days in Edinburgh (hint: LITERALLY ROLLING IN MONEY). She also gets philosophical about the pros and cons of doing free vs paid shows and the shock of her Foster's nomination. For the transcript, click "Read More."
Jay Foreman is one of our best Edinburgh buddies. Not only does he have a terrifying head/foot, he also has eight Fringes behind him. In this interview, he treats us to some guitar playing and some hilarious insights about the life of a solo stand-up taking on the Fringe, the importance of having fun and what to do when you get home. Click "Read More" to see a transcript.
Producer and artist manager Beth O'Brien, founder of Ditto Productions gave us a great overview of her Fringe year, her advice for getting press to come in, and what her average Fringe day looks like [hint: it's really, really long]. Click Read More to see the transcript. (The first question, cut out is "what is your favourite Fringe memory?")
In the fortnight before we published Cracking the Fringe, we discovered Freestival, the new contender in the free fringe market for 2014. We managed to get a quick mention of them in the book, but we also contacted them to offer a full interview.
What is Freestival?
Freestival is a fresh new addition to the free scene at the Edinburgh Fringe, dedicated to creativity and quality, and run professionally by people with many years of Edinburgh Fringe Festival experience.