FRINGE PREVIEW – Kiss Me Honey, Honey! Gilded Balloon

Back for 2014

Grant Stott and Andy Gray are back for the Fringe 2014

Grant Stott is an award-winning Edinburgh broadcaster on Forth One and television personality. He is also known for his Evening News column, his charity work and his love of Hibernian football club.

Along with his old pal Andy Gray, he made his Fringe debut in 2013 with Kiss Me Honey, Honey! and won a Scotsman Fringe First Award.

The award-winning show is returning to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014 for a limited run only.

Tell us a little bit about your show

Kiss Me Honey, Honey! is a cracking piece about two men, Ross and Graham, of a certain age who stumble upon each other while living next door to each other in a grotty bedsit. Two very different character and backgrounds are brought together through their shared memories of Shirely Bassey and her music. Then become friends and head out into the modern day world of dating looking for the ideal women. And all the women they encounter are played by both Andy and I as well – which leads to all sorts of twists and turns. It’s essentially a comedy but there’s a few darker, poignant moments thrown in when you perhaps least expect it.

We decided to run Kiss Me Honey, Honey! again for a number of reasons. We had a great time doing it last year, the run sold out every night of the run and many people have come and told both Andy and I that they tried to see it but couldn’t get tickets last year (either that’s a genuine excuse or they were “at it”), it also won the Scotsman Fringe First Award which is also a good excuse to do it again and, probably the main reason, Andy has been working in London and Leicester all this year so we didn’t have the chance to work on a new project!

What are you most looking forward to about performing at the Fringe again?

Firstly working with Andy. He is one of my best mates now and getting to hang out with him everyday (and sometimes night) is a joy. I’ll also be a bit more relaxed, last year was my fringe debut so was stepping right out of my comfort zone whereas this year, doing only 6 shows means it won’t be such a fraught run in and three and a half weeks.

What’s been your favourite / funniest Edinburgh Fringe experience so far?

Watching Andy Gray almost getting knocked back by the doormen of the Gilded Balloon 10 minutes before the show started as he had nipped outside for a fag, in costume and had a prop vodka bottle in his pocket. He had to convince the gentleman at the door that he was actually in a show and the “vodka” was, in fact, water.

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

I would buy every ticket for every other show that was on at the same time as ours so there was only one show with tickets available to see that night; Kiss Me Honey, Honey!

Who else are you planning or hoping to see?

Lots, I worked briefly with The Colour Ham earlier this year and they are three very talented individual performers who have come together with fantastic results- and they’re local. I also try and see Craig Hill whenever I can, Jimeoin has been a favourite of my wife Claire and I for many years, Tim Vine, Andrew Maxwell and Jason Byrne would also ALL be on my wish list to see. There’s also a great tribute to Morecambe and Wise which is back on this year which I’d go see again, Eric and Little Ern is just beautiful. And I daresay I’ll be popping in to see my old pal Michelle McManus do her thing too!

As someone who lives in Edinburgh, what advice would you give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?

Brace yersel. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. Be patient, plan ahead and take full advantage of the fantastic social scene that is Edinburgh at this time of year. Oh, and make sure you get your tickets for Kiss Me Honey, Honey!

What do you have planned for after the Fringe?

Andy and I will start working on our follow up to “Kiss Me”. We have a very exciting project that we hope to bring to life for the very first time at the Fringe 2015 but before that we’ll be back together at Christmas in Aladdin at The Kings Theatre with our old mucker Allan Stewart.

Sum up your show in three words for us:

It’s not panto!

Kiss Me Honey, Honey! is on at the Gilded Balloon on 17,18,19,20 August at 19:30 (1hr) and 23,24 at 16:30. Tickets available on the Ed Fringe website.

Andy Gray and Grant Stott

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