FRINGE PREVIEW – Colin Hoult’s Inferno

Colin Hoult's Inferno

Colin Hoult's Inferno

Character comedian Colin Hoult is now on many people’s must-see lists, after two smash-hit shows in 2009 and 2010. This year, he’s back with what will most likely be his third smash in a row: Inferno.

“It’s carrying on from the other two shows,” says Colin. “It looks at heroes and heroism; at failed heroes; at people who should be heroes but aren’t.”

“It’s a big theatrical production with lots of audience interaction. It’s very audacious.”

Colin specialised in character comedy which has an offbeat or faintly disturbing edge to it.

“All my characters are observed from life,” he says. “In this year’s show, there’s an acid jazz obsessive who just can’t stop dancing; and the god Thor himself. Or at least someone from Leeds who may or may not be Thor.”

“I’m coming at things with a lot of heart,” he continues. “I like to create stuff that people can understand and relate to. And I’m a big fan of words – of poetry and lyricism.”

“So the show is really stupid, really heartfelt and really lyrical. With a lot of physical silliness.”

Colin was first up in Edinburgh in 2002 as part of double act Colin & Fergus. He’s also appeared in spy spoofs and in musicals. Added to that, his wife is a theatre director, and has been coming to the Fringe for 10 years.

“This is my eighth year in a row,” he says. “What I love is the real variety. It’s easy to get sucked into the comedy, but I love the obscure and weird stuff.”

“It’s our favourite city. And my whole year is directed towards Edinburgh: first deciding if I’m going to do it that year; and then deciding what.”

“And, for performers like me,” he says, “I don’t know what we’d do without it.”

Colin Hoult’s Inferno runs from 3-29 Aug (not 16) at the Pleasance Courtyard at 19:05. More details are on the Fringe website.

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