August 5th – 29th (not 18th)
Lover, raconteur, misanthrope: Marcel Lucont is all these things…and much, much more.
After a successful debut at last year’s Fringe, French stand-up Marcel has gone on to further success, playing comedy festivals in Australia and New Zealand, popping up on television and winning 2009’s Buxton Fringe Award.
We were fortunate enough to grab a few moments of Marcel’s precious time as he shared his thoughts about the Fringe with typically Gallic charm and flair.
Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should people come to see it?
It is Marcel Lucont: Encore, it is at the Underbelly, and it is probably entirely sold out by now.
But if you are lucky enough to get tickets you can expect the usual superlative blend of wry observation, wonderful chansons, and a new poem about t*ts.
What do you think the best things about the Edinburgh Fringe are?
An entire country reverting to stereotype to attempt to take as much money from us as possible.
I also like the women of Scotland. I don’t know why the English are so racist towards redheads. I like the flame-haired girls. To me, red means danger.
What changes have you seen – good or bad – over the years?
A few years ago there were no shows by me at the Edinburgh Fringe. Thankfully this situation has changed.
Where are your favourite places in the city?
I cannot remember their names, so do not expect me to remember their addresses.
What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s happened to you at the Fringe?
I recall a bizarre incident one evening last year when the show did NOT sell out. Nobody could understand this. I can only put this down to something being not right in the universe.
It still puzzles me to this day.
Describe, if you can, your ‘average’ Edinburgh Fringe day…
Why do you wish to know where I will be? I am suspicious of this. I have enough stalkers already, thank you.
If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?
A giant inflatable Marcel, which can be seen from space. It would be a bar, a venue, and a wine cellar, and would remain in place permanently, even after the Festival.
Who else are you planning or hoping to see?
I am hoping to see some bizarre and wonderful cabaret performers for my Cabaret Fantastique show on August 23rd and 24th at the Banshee Labyrinth.
What do you have planned after the Fringe?
Living out my days on this bizarre planet as its idiot population rapidly increases, which, frustrating as it is, provides me with material and keeps me employed.
Sum up your show in three words for us:
Why just three?
Complete this joke for us: “A man walks into a Fringe show…”
…he grabs the microphone and talks for an hour, stretching out 3 jokes, one about paedophilia, one about Facebook and one with a vaguely ironic racist overtone, in front of an apathetic audience of 6, then spends the next 12 months complaining that nobody has given him his own TV show, despite his crazy hair style.
You can book tickets for Marcel’s show on the Underbelly website.