Transcript Edinburgh #1

 

Abnormally Funny People Edinburgh Fringe 1

 

Presented by Simon Minty and Steve Best

 

 

simon

Hello, and welcome to this impromptu little podcast from Abnormally Funny People. We’re up at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2015. I’m Simon Minty.

steve

Hello, I’m Steve Best here and we’ve got a guest, Tanyalee Davis. Hello Tanyalee Davis.

tanyalee

Hello guys.

simon

How’s your Fringe been so far, Tanyalee? What are we, about a week into it?

Tanyalee

Yeah, day seven I guess. Yeah, no going well, just trying to maintain sleep and not cause my voice to shatter too quickly.

simon

We heard you come in at half past five this morning, it was a good night.

Tanyalee

I didn’t come in at half past five, I came in at five.

simon

Oh, I’m so sorry.

Tanyalee

I was lying in bed Facebooking because as you do, trying to wind down. Well it was because the seagulls were bashing against my window.

steve

We have some very noisy seagulls in this flat don’t we?

Tanyalee

They’re very aggressive because our windows are right above the bed in our bedrooms, in our rooms.

steve

You’ve got a mirror above your bed though haven’t you?

Tanyalee

Ah!

steve

I saw… Okay.

Tanyalee

You saw the video?

steve

Yeah, I have seen the video, YouTube.

Tanyalee

Yeah… Anyway.

steve

Yeah, go on, yeah.

Tanyalee

Yes so anyway, so rudely interrupted, that literally the seagulls were just smacking the windows and just squawking so loud because the sun was coming up and I was like are you kidding me, they know, like they’re judging me.

steve

They’re critics aren’t they? The seagulls are critics.

simon

So The Fringe so far, we’ve done, I think it’s our seventh show tonight and the first one as producers Steve and I, I was pretty, what’s the word, depressed when we found out we’d sold four tickets and then we had to give 30 away but ever since then it’s just kind of gradually gone up and up and we’ve got 70 plus, 80 plus people coming now.

steve

We had a busload of Norwegian drummers didn’t we?

simon

The marching band.

steve

The marching band.

simon

Yeah, that’s our target audience, we’ve been trying to get them for years.

steve

And it was very strange because the doors were just about to shut and then like a coachload of people came in and filled up the room.

simon

Not a Sunshine Variety coach.

steve

It wasn’t a Sunshine, but we don’t know that actually.

simon

We’re quite late, we’re 9:40 so I think a few of the audience have had a few beers as well. Are you sensing that up on stage, Tanyalee?

Tanyalee

Actually not too bad, I mean like considering like last night I did a two a.m. gig and you know, that’s where people are really drunk and rowdy and stuff, so our gig seems rather tame.

simon

Are they also a little bit more polite? Because obviously we’re mostly disabled stand-ups and then there’s our token not disabled, but are they a bit more…?

Tanyalee

Oh yeah, well I think in general the people that kind of just maybe either had no idea what they were getting into or just a minor idea when they actually see us up there in our motions and are ahhh, you know.

simon

I did detect that.

steve

Very visual that was, but what, you think some of them are a bit stunned by what they see and then they slowly get into it?

Tanyalee

Yeah, well I mean I did that with my regular stand-up but then they see more than one disabled person on the stage, and obviously with Laurence and I and Jo Coffey up for the show last night we’re physically like wow, you know.

steve

Arresting.

tanyalee

Yes! And yeah, but I think they get, I think because we all come on the stage in our own right that it’s just that initial 30 seconds of everybody sat and then they’re like, oh right okay, this isn’t just some big old charity show.

simon

One of my favourite bits, I think it might have even been the first night, when we did our improvisation, so we introduced this improvisation, and we had Lost Voice Guy who speaks with a keypad that he types in, there’s Laurence Clark who’s got cerebral palsy, so his speech is different and I think you were on the end?

Tanyalee

It was me, yeah.

simon

Yeah, so the three of you and you’re each allowed to say one word and it has to follow on as if you were one person, the joy of that, I mean it shouldn’t work, but it was so funny.

steve

Well when you’re explaining to people in the street that we’re doing impro and you’re saying some of the people have disabilities they go, “what?” But it did work.

simon

Lost Voice Guy corpsed didn’t he? I mean he couldn’t stop laughing so he couldn’t type any words in and there was huge gaps but the three of you, oh it was just so…

Tanyalee

Well it was infectious, even though he doesn’t make any noise when he laughs just the fact that he was like, his head was bobbing up and down and he was drooling and then…

steve

Well he was crying, yeah.

Tanyalee

And he was trying to like type and just, yeah it was really funny, it was infectious.

simon

Are you enjoying the impro? Because that’s different from your regular stand-up set?

Tanyalee

Oh yeah, yeah. And I mean a couple of times I feel like I could have gone a better route, but then I’ve come up with a couple of gems so I think I’ve redeemed myself. But yeah, no it’s fun, it’s nice to be spontaneous.

simon

So we’re sharing a flat at the moment, we’ve got a three bedroom student apartment.

steve

Yeah!

simon

We’re living the dream with the seagulls. At the moment it’s all right, there’s three of us, but it’s going to get busier, we’ve got more guests, more acts coming up.

steve

We have, but can I just say now that you were absolutely scared, I can’t say the word, ----less because you didn’t know what to expect and the emails going backwards and forwards before we got here you were thinking what have we let ourselves in for?

simon

I read the reviews of the place and there’s lots of disgruntled people saying this is a nightmare and I thought we were going to have like single beds, tiny little box room and then have to share a common room and share a canteen and have like, you know, shower stalls with 30 other people.

steve

And what happened?

simon

Nothing like it.

Tanyalee

We’ve got hardwood floors, we’ve got skylights, we’ve got a glorious kitchen.

steve

En suites, all the bedrooms are en suite.

Tanyalee

Yeah.

simon

How’s your shower working out, Tanyalee?

Tanyalee

No, the shower situation’s a bit of a nightmare for me, you have to step... I’m three foot six by the way and so you have to step up into the shower and then the controls are considerably higher than I can reach, so I have to stand on my scooter, with my cane, smack the shower and try to turn the knob to get it on, which I can actually do because I, you know, I manage. I can shower but then there’s no way to turn it off and then I’m sitting in the shower with my cane trying to hit the controls the opposite direction as ice cold water is pouring down on me, so now I just have to like…

steve

So what happens?

Tanyalee

Make sure somebody’s in the flat and then I yell, “Steve!”

steve

So you can turn the knob on but you can’t turn the knob off?

simon

You also came up with…

Tanyalee

I’m good at turning knobs on.

simon

Yeah, you stood there with a towel round you, you winked at me and said, “can you come and turn me off?” No, what do you mean, turn me off?

Tanyalee

It takes a lot of work to turn me on.

steve

That’s the line I was after, that’s good. But it’s been great, and also we have the cleaners coming in every other hour don’t they?

Tanyalee

Yeah.

steve

They basically come in and they wash up. They washed up the first night. I thought Tanyalee had done it, I thought no, it’s not Tanyalee.

simon

No way, no way.

steve

Simon thought it might be me.

Tanyalee

I actually did dishes one night you jerks, one day. Yeah and the thing is they don’t even knock, they just walk right in, so I assume that it’s maybe one of you two and then if I don’t hear wheels then I know, and you just look up and there’s some Polish guy standing there or an Italian girl, and like nobody speaks English in this building. I don’t know if you’ve noticed that, you try and explain you need a towel and they’re like “what’s that?” “I’m like bath towel, towel.” Okay, anyway.

simon

I think we’ve been doing all right, we’ve been very civilised to each other so far haven’t we?

steve

Yeah.

Tanyalee

Yeah, well we have kind of different schedules and we have a little meeting area.

steve

And there are different schedules, because Tanyalee, you tend to go out to till the early hours and Simon and I kind of come back from the gig, have a cup of tea or something, you know, showbiz stuff.

Tanyalee

You’re adults.

simon

Yeah, I’m hoping that’s going to change. That first five days, setting up the show, sorting out the access, sorting out all the tech that we use, it was, you get up at nine o'clock, you’re down there sorting it all out, you’ve got to do flyer-ing, then you do the show, then you get to bed at one o'clock and then you get up again. And for those first four or five days I didn’t know what was going on.

steve

But we have had some kind of complications with the stage and the venue and making it accessible and we’ve changed the stage about four times haven’t we? They’ve been fantastic there.

simon

They’re cracking, and also we have our token non-disabled who walks up the ramp and then every time they go off stage fall off the stage.

Tanyalee

They fall off!

steve

Well the first time I did it I cracked my knee open didn’t I?

simon

We’ve created more disabled people which is great for future shows.

steve

Yeah, it’s a good selling point.

simon

And so if someone was coming up to The Fringe any top tips? You’ve got your own show, Tanyalee.

Tanyalee

Oh yeah, well my show, Actual Size, will be August 24th to 31st at the Hive, 4:10.

simon

Would the suggestion be come to Abnormally Funny People first, get a little flavour of you and then go and see you? Is that what you would say?

Tanyalee

Of course, well my show is earlier in the day so if you’re only coming up for the day come to my hour long show first and then in the evening with the ensemble.

simon

Oh you’re a bit earlier? Oh yeah.

steve

No, I’d see Abnormally Funny People the night before and then the next day…

Tanyalee

What if they’re only coming for one day?

simon

As a kind of warm up, yeah. Anything else not related to you?

Tanyalee

Well, I haven’t really seen any other shows but one and you know, it was all right. One that I do want to see is Will Franklyn, Franken?

steve

Franken, yes.

Tanyalee

Yeah, Will Franken who’s from San Francisco who is now Sarah Franken.

simon

Oh hello?

Tanyalee

And he, she has now just decided to come out, she’s always been I guess off stage as Sarah and on stage as Will, but only in the last month or two has now decided to identify as a woman and perform on stage. And she’s having quite a struggle, but you know, Will is an amazing comedian and character type actor and I’m quite interested to see, well as Sarah how the transition… Anyway, that’s sort of one. And Juliette Burton is going to be starting her show on Sunday whatever date that is, 16th I think.

simon

Is that Look At Me?

Tanyalee

Look At Me I think, I’m really looking forward to her show actually.

simon

Laurence Clark’s been performing with us and Juliette on the same bill and Juliette was so lovely to him last night, gave him a big hug, and I said, “you’re getting on really well” and he said, “yeah, I think that’s ever since I groped her.” And I went, “what?” He’s got this cerebral palsy so his arm swung round as she went in and he just whacked and grabbed her boob. But they seem to be getting on famously now.

Tanyalee

He hit me in the boob on stage the other night, yeah, he’s flailing an arm and all of a sudden, woop and I was like wow.

simon

Oh, there seems to be a theme going on here.

Tanyalee

Yeah, I think he’s just missing…

steve

Well I’m not sure, he got my ball sack the other day.

Tanyalee

I did? Or he did?

simon

I can’t believe he dropped it. Steve, what would you go and see?

steve

Well, I’m a bit the same as Tanyalee and you actually, it’s just been so full on with the show and putting it together that I haven’t had a chance to see anything, but I will go and see, there’s a charity gig that Ivor Demina’s running.

simon

Is that with the amazing line up?

steve

Yes, Daniel Kitson, who else? Mark Thomas, Mark Steel think.

simon

Yes, that’s an awesome line up, yeah.

steve

Yeah, I’ll try to take some photies.

simon

You’re trying to get a complementary ticket for that charity gig aren’t you?

steve

Well, you know, I said to Ivor, because I said I’ll take some photos for you, he said yeah definitely and then Kitson doesn’t like being photographed which is fine and he said he’ll get me a comp and he said take some photos, but he said make sure  you put something in the bucket. I said of course I’ll do it, yeah.

simon

Yes! If you want to see some great photos, Steve Best is taking photos every night and they are awesome, so go to our Abnormally Funny People page or Comedy Snapshot, are you sneaking them up on there as well?

steve

Yeah, I am a little bit, some of them, black and white, colour…

simon

Yes, Steve and I are going to be parting now, we’re going our own ways. Yes, I came to see a show with you, I also saw Romina Puma who is sort of doing a one hour show about her, oh no I can’t remember, it’s sort of a degenetary… What’s the word?

Tanyalee

Degenerative?

simon

That’s it, condition. And it was nice, lots of little anecdotes and her chatting away. Sorry.

Tanyalee

How many disabled people do we have up here?

simon

You know what? It’s hundreds, I’m just writing an article for BBC Ouch to kind of say 2005 when we first came up, we were revolutionary, I mean there were lots of disabled comedians, but all coming together, and now you’ve like, no you’ve got to really raise your game, there’s a lot of people out there.

Tanyalee

Everybody’s got a hook, they’re trying anything they can.

simon

Yeah.

steve

Well we tried Theresa, Theresa Farlow, and she’s kind of new to us but she came in to one of our shows and she was fantastic, I thought she was great.

Tanyalee

Oh, and she’s on tonight think, right?

steve

She’s on tonight.

Tanyalee

Oh I’m very excited, I really, really, really enjoy her.

simon

There’s nothing nicer than having a new act comes in and just kind of blows us all away.

Tanyalee

Yeah, yeah. I’m really thrilled with her.

simon

It’s really lovely. And I want to go and see Genevieve Barr in a serious play, I think it’s called ‘The Thickness of Salt Water’, and she’s got a four star review in The Telegraph.

steve

And you want to see Tom Binns, I think you were recommended?

simon

That was Kate Copstick via Tanyalee, it sounds like a very good show. I am worried that it’s not accessible though, there’s loads of steps to get up.

Tanyalee

Well apparently another good one is called ‘Spaghetti for Breakfast’ or something, I’m not sure about the venue, I think it’s in the Gilded Balloon but then the guy that I hang out with, the tour manager guy last night, Copstick recommended it and then he also said it’s phenomenal, but it’s like half the audience is like this is the best thing you’ve ever seen and half are like what the heck is going on?

steve

Is it disability related?

Tanyalee

No, no, no it’s just…

simon

No leave it Steve, no leave it, come on.

steve

Oh I just don’t know anymore.

simon

People are allowed to do their own thing.

Tanyalee

You can have spaghetti for breakfast and not be disabled.

steve

Talking about food…

simon

It’d be all right in a care home, that’s what they give you.

steve

Our token last night, George Egg, has got a fantastic show on as well where he makes food from hotel…

Tanyalee

Oh, with appliances from hotels?

steve

Yeah, appliances from hotels, it’s a great idea, a great concept, and he’s doing really well, no kind of PR, no kind of backing from anybody.

simon

It is the word of mouth thing.

Tanyalee

Yes.

simon

There’s so many shows it’s overwhelming but then people tell you.

Tanyalee

Pete Johansson just posted on Facebook about that too, he’s been with sort of the big powerhouse four the last couple of years and now he’s at The Hive with no PR, no push behind him, no like major thing of fliers or posters, and he’s turning away reviewers because he just doesn’t want them but the audience is coming in, he’s like it’s just tides are changing I guess.

simon

You mentioned George, we should say a big thank you Erich McElroy, Seymour Mace both played our token role with aplomb.

Tanyalee

Charmian Hughes.

simon

Yes, she did last night beautifully.

Tanyalee

No, two nights ago.

simon

She had a lovely way of describing it - oh it was two days ago, sorry, you’re right - it’s a bit like a clown, you’re waiting in the wings constantly and then you get your moment and then you’re really scared you’re doing to mess it up. It’s just lovely to sort of subvert it and turn it round.

steve

Yeah. And we’ve got some big names coming up now, we’ve got Simon Munnery tonight.

Tanyalee

Yay!

steve

Robin Ince the next night and we’ve got people like Mike McShane, I can’t believe Mike McShane.

simon

I love Mike McShane.

steve

Fred MacAuley says he’s going to do it.

simon

Really?

steve

Yeah, he said, yeah.

simon

Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson, Andy Smart with the Comedy Store Players. Oh my goodness me, we’re living the dream.

steve

And Kate Copstick actually as well.

Tanyalee

Oh yes, she’s on Sunday, yes.

steve

That’s going to be really fun, she’s going to review herself is she?

Tanyalee

Yeah!

simon

I was great, although I need to work on my material.

Tanyalee

Right.

simon

All right, well that’s it for now, we’ll probably come back at another point, we’ll put up some links to Juliette and Tanyalee’s show and obviously our show, yeah, tune in, speak to us. Follow us on Twitter, find us on Facebook, all that malarkey. Thank you very much, Tanyalee.

Tanyalee

Yay! Great guys.

steve

Yes, thank you very much and we’ll speak to you soon.

simon

Bye!

Tanyalee

Quick shower.

simon

Hey!

 

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