Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should people come to see it?
This show is about how I kidnapped the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. It’s based partly on true stories and the parallels between our lives. There’s an incident that happened to me at university and it all stems from there.
But you don’t have to be political to get the show – it’s more personal than political. And it’s funny with songs and stand up.
So if you enjoyed previous shows you should enjoy this too. But I’m particularly excited about it, because it’s a bit different – it has a proper story and everything. Plus pictures of me looking silly when I was young. Not much has changed. It’s at 7.25pm at Just the Tonic at the Caves.
What are you most looking forward to about coming back to Edinburgh?
Rocking the new show like the bad m*th*rf*ck*r that I most certainly am.
What’s been your favourite / funniest Edinburgh Fringe experience so far?
In the first preview of my first solo show in Edinburgh I opened a bottle of cava – the cork shot out and then the cheap champagne-alike exploded directly into my face. Right in my eyes and everything. My hair was ruined. I was staggering around the stage unable to see and in genuine pain, while the audience was in fits thinking it was part of the show. Luckily the blindness was temporary and the show, as it must, went on.
If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?
I would kidnap George Osborne and force him to watch every single show. And allow audience members to draw on his face.
Who else are you planning or hoping to see?
Always love seeing lots of comics – people like Jason Cook, looking forward to seeing Mick Sergeant’s new show, Danny Pensive – these are all Geordies. I haven’t got some Geordie fetish, I just like them all. And Seymour Mace. He’s also from the North East. There are lots of good new comics too. Michael J Dolan is brilliant and starting to get some recognition.
I should go and see something different to change things up – contemporary dance. But I don’t like contemporary dance. I love seeing lots of comedy in Edinburgh and, by George, that’s what I’m going to do.
What do you have planned for after the Fringe?
I am planning to do the show at a few festivals and continue to perform live across the country. I’ll also be turning this show into a massive live television spectacular featuring George Osborne himself – the audience at home will get to vote on what I should do with him. Make him do a funny dance, for example.
Sum up your show in three words for us:
Hilarious Kidnap Musical
Matt Tiller: Just Du-et is at Just The Tonic At The Caves from 4-28 August at 19:35. More details are on the Fringe website.