Holly Burn is a slightly crazy lady, but a very funny one. She first came to my attention in Mark’s Watson’s The Hotel at the Fringe 2009. When I heard that she was doing her own show, At Home With Holly – I immediately snapped up a ticket and laughed myself sore for an hour.
This year sees Holly return to Edinburgh with a brand new show, which will no doubt be slightly wacky, bizarre and utterly bonkers. We caught up with Holly ahead of her return 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 is called Living and Dying and is on at Just The Tonic Caves 5-29th (not 17th) August 3.35pm (50mins).
I stage my own birth and death. It will be unlike anything else you will see – it’s a sort of messy hybrid of stand up/sketch and character comedy with general silliness and surreal bonkersness. See http://www.hollyburn.org.uk/
What do you think the best things about the Edinburgh Fringe are?
The exhilaration, the buzz, the opportunity. The amount of people and shows . The way it is so unlike the rest of life.
What changes have you seen – good or bad – over the years?
More complicated form filling in process, which tends to go more wrong each year.
Where are your favourite places in the city?
Any where you can get decent phone reception on O2.
What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s happened to you at the Fringe?
– Someone walking into my bedroom at 10am while I was in bed snoozing and asking to buy a ticket for my show
– Setting a woman’s jumper on fire in my show.
– Having to get changed daily on Dublin St in full view of passing traffic.
– Taking legal action and winning the court case 2 years later
Describe, if you can, your ‘average’ Edinburgh Fringe day…
Sleeping, hassling people , eating, hassling more people, preparing, emails, phone calls, more emails , more phone calls, show, hassling other people, hassling the same people , drinks, shows, drinks, crepes, bed.
If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?
Buy up every ad space in The EdFringe brochure and put out the same picture of an animal in each one. Hire every single venue space out and do my show at each space time after time after time. Day after day. Ok, so maybe this is actually impossible irrelevant of finances.
Or I’d just ‘close’ the entire city of Edinburgh for August and just invite people I want there.
Who else are you planning or hoping to see?
There are other people doing shows?! What?!
What do you have planned after the Fringe?
Sum up your show in three words for us
Wild, innovative, unexpected.
Complete this joke for us: “A man walks into a Fringe show…”
…but he hasn’t paid so he really should walk straight back out. But he doesn’t have much of a conscience.
Thank you Holly
Holly Burn, Living and Dying 5-29 August at Just the Tonic at the Caves.