FRINGE PREVIEW – Michael Winslow

Michael Winslow

Michael Winslow

Whilst most comedians use a mic simply to tell jokes, Michael Winslow is a little different. The star of the Police Academy movies is coming to Edinburgh for the first time where he will be treating Fringe audiences to his vocal sound effects, and more besides.

We asked Michael to tell us a little bit more:

Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should people come to see it?

This will be my first visit to Edinburgh, though I have been to Scotland before. By the way, you do have the best fish & chips, so stock up for me, I would be upset if you run out.

The show to everyone I bring my best. My job is to help everybody to forget about the rent for a minute, so a little comedy, some music, some noises, some wall of sound, a couple of un-named surprises, a dash of a strange sense of humor, along with a thing you all have over there called a Pint, and I think we are ready.

What are you expecting from the Edinburgh Fringe?

From what I can see from the variety on the schedule, I expect this festival to have plenty of extra flavor, full spice, and no diet! I hope to be able to add to the mix with a little sound tasting as well.

What’s been your strangest experience performing the show so far?

Somebody laughed so much at one of our shows actually got sick in front of me. The sound of that is of course not available, though I am sure there is a ringtone of that somewhere.

If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?

Well, if I had the money I would get an actual seal and teach it to sing a Seal song while I provide the background beats, while having Heidi Klum feed him fish and showing off her latest fashion.

My second idea involves Elton John, Snoop Dogg, and a singing dolphin with a mix tape and a Slovenian fish kebab, but we wont get into that right now.

Who else are you planning or hoping to see?

The schedule shows new and veteran faces. Some of the improv style groups look really enticing. I am also impressed that there are full blown plays running, dealing with just about all subject matter, from center to Fringe, hence your existence.

What do you have planned for after the Fringe?

The new I-Phone apps are coming along with the kids show Mr. Cosby was so very nice to help and enable us to produce. There is also the matter of Police Academy 8 which I am awaiting news about possible directors before the end of the year.

Sum up your show in three words for us:

Ready for the Voicestrumentalist?

You can hear Michael’s voicestrumental talents for yourself at Udderbelly’s Pasture from 3-29 Aug at 20:00. More details are on the Fringe website.

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