We caught up with the Gareth to hear a little bit more about what he has planned for the Fringe 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 Truth (Explained in Doodles!) is on at 4:15pm every day at Sin Club & Lounge (on Cowgate, between The Caves and the Underbelly).
As an ‘artistic comedian’ my act consists of me presenting surreal pictures that occasionally also have a serious message. This year though I’m taking it to a whole new technological level by presenting animations via a screen/projector set-up, which opens up a whole load of new possibilities. It’ll be ‘innovative, ground-breaking comedy’ – my mate Edd.
In the show I unveil some core truths about how we look at the world, with the help of my sidekick the iBot-3200-mkB (or the iDeity for short), and a military cow called Major Beef. There may also be some kind of dramatic narrative arc with a climatic end. And an opportunity to win/buy doodle posters.
And there’ll be a guest comic opening the show every day. What more could you ask for?!
What are you most looking forward to about coming back to Edinburgh?
A chicken and vegetable pasty from PieMaker and some Baklava from the Mosque Kitchen. Also hoping to discover some interesting new comedy.
What’s been your most memorable Edinburgh Fringe experience so far?
The first year I was up at the Fringe, when I had just started out in comedy, I was in the front row seeing Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal’s show when I got invited to be in the audience participation
bit. Next thing I knew I was sat on stage in front of hundreds of people having a ‘date’ with Kristen, having to answer her probing questions. To my surprise I managed to get a lot of laughs*.
In a further layer of surrealism Stewart Lee (who had been in the audience) then came up to me outside and told me I was funny! After that I thought ‘compliments from Stewart Lee, dates with Kristen Schaal, I
think I could get used to this comedy lark’.
Though in the years since then nothing even remotely as interesting as that has happened. Oh well!
*Though in retrospect it’s not THAT hard to be funny if the audience may have ended up ruining the actual punch line to the sketch…
If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?
This year my publicity stunt is to wander the streets of Edinburgh offering free ‘Abstract Portraits’ (keep an eye out for me). So if I had a load of money I’d still do that, but maybe I’d hire a bizarre range of celebrities to follow me around while I did it. I’m thinking Michael Barrymore, the hosts of Loose Women, and the Insane Clown Posse.
Yeah, that’d be so surreal people would have to stop and pay attention.
Who else are you planning or hoping to see?
I’ll definitely check out Ben Target, who has one of the most innovative acts I’ve seen on the circuit.
Also I’ll go see ‘Hot Tub with Kurt & Kristen’, see if I can get a second date with Kristen (she never did call me back, the bitch!).
And I’ll be going to ‘A Good Improv Show’ (1:45pm @ Sin Club & Lounge). Though the main reason I’m going is because I will be appearing in the show…
What do you have planned for after the Fringe?
I will be excitedly looking forward to watching ‘Life’s Too Short’ (airing on the BBC in the Autumn) which stars Warwick Davis and is written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Oh and in some episodes, if you watch closely, you may even notice the minor (but essential!) character of Graham, who is played by yours truly!
Sum up your show in three words for us:
Pictures. Animations. Me.
And finally, here are some of Gareth’s doodles in action, in his special Edinburgh Fringe game…