“Anywhere a mind can be read, I’ll be there.”
Peter Antoniou’s hoping for a whole library’s worth of willing minds in Edinburgh in August, when he returns with his new show Comedium.
The show’s based on the premise of Pete being able to ‘beat the statistics’ of market research, after being challenged to prove he could by a friend. In it, he’ll demonstrate that he knows more about you than any computer database does…
“I’m not a dispenser of mind-reading tricks,” he says. “I like to work my shows around a theme; to introduce a bit of theatre as well as comedy.”
He’s been spending the past year touring the country, taking his show to small regional audiences who’ve never seen anything like his act; and to the more jaded crowds of London.
“I don’t really have a preference as to which type of audience I play to,” he says. “You get different challenges wherever you play and they’re all enjoyable.”
“I can’t imagine August without the Fringe now,” he says. “I know a lot of people now from previous years; I love meeting new people there and interacting with the audiences before and after the shows.”
“This year will be the first time I’m coming up entirely on my own,” he says, “and I plan on meeting as many people as possible.”
He’s got a great opportunity to do so, as this year Peter is one of the bloggers for Broadway Baby, for whom he’ll be keeping an online journal of his Edinburgh experiences.
“I just got in touch with them and asked if they’d be interested,” he says. “I’m a great believer in the fact that that if you don’t ask, you don’t get.”
It sounds like Peter will be having a busy time in Edinburgh. But it also sounds as though he’ll be loving every minute of it. So, if you see him out and about, why not spend a few minutes chatting to him – even if he *does* know what you’re thinking anyway.
Comedium runs from 4-28 August at the Sweet Grassmarket. More information is available on the Fringe website.