Carey Marx is a Fringe veteran, having appeared in Edinburgh in Augsust every year since 2003 with his unique style of mischievious, controversial yet honest comedy.
With previous shows dealing with everything from Carey’s quest to find a wife within a month; to blistering attacks on lies via a fake seance: he’s a comedian who’s not afraid to twist his way into dark and and unusual topics.
This year, the London Comedy Store regular, acclaimed standup and writer is back with a show that takes a sharp look at identity and what it means to be human in a powerful and brutally honest manner.
Here, Carey gives us an insight into his plans for Edinburgh and beyond.
Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should people come to see it?
The show is in the Turret, at the Gilded Balloon. It’s called: Laziness… and stuff.
It’s about… an hour. And it’s about where I’m up to with my comedy writing. It’s light, dark, intense and drastically honest. I’m trying to achieve new levels of thoroughness in my subject matters. I’ve been performing comedy since 1997, and now I’m taking a hard look at what I’ve learned and questioning where stand-up comedy can and can’t go.
What are you most looking forward to about coming back to Edinburgh?
Showing off. The festival is a great place to show off. I normally find a few day time shows and late night shows and I have my very own hour show in which to be a big show off.
What’s been your funniest Edinburgh Fringe experience so far?
I, and a few others, helped an old lady who had a bad fall on the Royal Mile. As she got up, her pained expression turned to a big smile and she offered us each a flyer. I thought every ruse had been tried.
If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?
Sorry to be pedantic, but money is always an object. If money was no problem I’d offer everyone who comes a free super yacht. And I’d pay all the other acts to go home.
Who else are you planning or hoping to see?
The Seque Sisters are doing their first show and it will be loads of fun. Oh, and my wife’s in it. This year, I’ve planned to go and see all the shows. I’d recommend Matt Kirshen. Nick Doody will be coming up for a week. Both are on great form. Boy With Tape on His Face is a happy pleasure. Jason Cook is hilarious. Phil Nichol is a genius. I hear Craig Campbell is doing a show, which no one should miss. I’m afraid I haven’t seen the brochure yet and don’t know who else will be up. But, it doesn’t matter because I’m going to see all the shows anyway.
What do you have planned for after the Fringe?
I am planning to be unprepared for whatever comes after the fringe by concentrating solely on getting ready for the fringe. Some normality for a while would be nice.
Sum up your show in three words for us:
Laziness… and stuff
Thanks Carey. We’re planning on seeing all the shows too, so we’re bound to bump into each other. More details of Laziness…and stuff are on the Fringe website.