Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should people come to see it?
My show is happening at 1.25pm every day in the Belly Dancer at Underbelly, Cowgate. It’s part homage-to-the-mixtape, part primary-school-music-lesson and part stadium-rock-gig-in-a-small-room-without-a-rock-band. Well, that interspersed with true stories about the time I attended my own wake, anyway. People should come if they like Jazz. Or Gabba. Or Nu-wave Christian Breakbeat Ska. People should come if they’ve ever liked any music ever, basically. If you haven’t, then the show probably isn’t for you.
What are you expecting from the Edinburgh Fringe?
To see lots of shows, to have my body and mind both over- and underwhelmed, to struggle to find salad, to drink lots of Tennents and to see lots more clichéd answers like this.
What’s been your strangest funniest experience performing the show so far?
A few weeks ago I had a music gig down in Cornwall, and drove my camper van back through Dartmoor, where I camped for the night parked up by a moor. I’d spent a couple of days working on a routine for the show and needed to develop it a bit, and so with nothing to do but drink whisky and avoid murderers all night, I ended up inflating balloons, banging them with wooden spoons, attaching them to yoghurt pots and recording the results on my phone. Until 4am. Alone. On Dartmoor. In the morning, I woke up and filmed myself playing A Little Bit More by Gina G on the trumpet whilst chasing a sheep. As it turns out, I don’t think I’ll be using either of these bits in the show. So it goes.
If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?
I would give everyone in Edinburgh a kazoo. Every single person. And maybe some select Glaswegians too. And not a plastic one, either. A proper metal one.
Who else are you planning or hoping to see?
Lots of people really – I try to see as much as I can. Comedy-wise, I think I’ll be at The Stand a great deal, and I also love the Free Fringe, so I’ll be seeing lots there too. I tend to see at least as much theatre as I do comedy, so am likely to be at the Traverse and other great theatre venues quite a bit. Most importantly, I will take lots of chances on people and shows that I’ve never heard of, because that’s what the festival should be about.
What do you have planned for after the Fringe?
Playing Bollywood music in Turkey and India, doing some more fun double act shows with Caroline Mabey, writing music for and doing lots of gigs with the Hackney Colliery Band, working on some new comedy and music projects and hopefully doing lots more performances of my show wherever will have me.
Sum up your show in three words for us
Not Nick Hornby.
Steve Pretty’s Perfect Mixtape runs from 4-28 Aug (not 12) at 13:25 at the Underbelly. More details are on the Fringe website.