FRINGE PREVIEW – Wil Hodgson’s Punkanory, Just The Tonic @ The Caves

5th August – 29th August (not 16th)
3.50-4.50pm, Just The Tonic

Wil Hodgson shares a tender moment with a friend

Wil Hodgson shares a tender moment with a friend (photo credit: Idil Sukan)

Wil Hodgson has become a familiar and unmistakable face at the Fringe. With his pink hair and leopard-print jacket, his comic, autobiographical monologues about everything from comics to his childhood phobias have entertained and impressed audiences and critics alike.

Back for his 6th Edinburgh run, the Perrier award-winning comedian is back with Punkanory another insight into his pop culture-driven mind.

A regular at festivals all over the world and having appeared on radio and TV, he takes a little time out to tell us more about his forthcoming visit to the Fringe.

Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should people come to see it?

My show “Punkanory” is 3:50pm at Just the Tonic @ The Caves . It’s an hour of stories about various things including boot sales, the death of British comic books, specialty soft pornography and that kind of thing.

What do you think the best things about the Edinburgh Fringe are?

The best thing about the Fringe is having an hour to perform new stuff in front of a comedy literate audience instead of having to control crowds of drunkards.

And getting tattooed as well. I get at least three tatts done every year by JFK at Studio XIII.

What changes have you seen – good or bad – over the years?

I think in general the whole thing’s becoming more of a TV trade fair which is sad but inevitable given the times we live in.

Where are your favourite places in the city?

Studio XIII Tattoos, The car boot sale on Sundays in the big multi storey car park, Forbidden Planet, Jimmy Chung’s Chinese Buffet.

What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s happened to you at the Fringe?

Watching some coked up idiot get a hot meat pie thrown in his face by a chip shop owner he was disrespecting. It was like a savoury Bugsy Malone.

Describe, if you can, your ‘average’ Edinburgh Fringe day…

Stressing, performing show, stressing, self doubting, watching the 1966 Batman show on DVD.

If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?

I wouldn’t even if I had unlimited money. It should be the quality of your work that sells your show. An extremely naive view I know but I’m a bit of an idealist I guess.

Who else are you planning or hoping to see?

Eric’s Tales of the Sea, Roisin Conaty, Joey Page, John Robbins

What do you have planned after the Fringe?

I’m going to a wedding and then doing some gigs hopefully.

Sum up your show in three words for us:

Punk Folk Storytelling

Complete this joke for us: “A man walks into a Fringe show…”

He says “Ouch!”, it was one of Ian Cognito’s legendary brilliantly chaotic Fringe shows from the late 80s.

You can buy tickets for Punkanory on the Fringe website.

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