So it’s not long now.
All the comedy nights in Manchester look to be running Edinburgh Preview shows, the Fringe section on the forums have suddenly kicked into life and endless emails to do with every aspect of Edinburgh 2011 are appearing on a daily basis.
And the past few months of fretting, writing (or at least trying to write) and sorting the admin are coming to a head. And strangely I find myself becoming more and more calm about it, I know this will change but for now I’m just stupidly excited about the whole thing.
As a double act we can project a certain amount of nerves onto each other, I imagine it being an extremely scary prospect embarking upon a solo show! But you’re also a master of your own destiny. Sometimes the whole double act thing can be frustrating. Having to work around each other’s schedules etc can be a pain but we manage to never really fall out, which is a miracle when thinking about the worringly immense lack of creativity we’ve suffered over the past few weeks. And when we finally sat down to write…..nothing. We had ideas, just no way of “getting them out”!
But this past week all of a sudden, “Him and Me TV HQ” has become a hive of activity – ideas, voices, gags, sketches, characters….we’re feeling much better, and I’m finally starting to feel like the show is coming together (though still slightly worrying as it’s almost July).
But having seen some Edinburgh previews and noting that although the main bulk of people’s shows are in place, a lot of the material and performance looks up for discussion and change which has made me feel like we’re not alone in pulling it all together 6 weeks before show 1.
But the show is pretty much the only thing to focus on now. Accomodation is sorted, our poster and flyer artwork has been sent off ready to be mocked up for our approval and we’ve booked the train tickets!
We, like I would imagine most acts, see comedy as the thing we most want to do with our lives, earning a living from something we love, and although we’re not expecting our Free Festival show to be packed with reviewers falling our themselves to give us 5 stars, the audiences queuing round the block to see our “hit” show and TV people in a bidding war for our services, Edinburgh feels big.
It feels like a big deal, we’re treating it as a big deal, and we want to take something we’re really happy with, so we do put a fair amount of pressure on ourselves to make our work something we can be proud of. But the one thing I want to keep in my mind is that this is supposed to be the time of our life! This is going to be fun.
And now it’s all coming together, I can’t help but feel ridiculously excited.
Current frame of mind – “Hurry up August, I’m ready for you……! The show’s not, but I ruddy well am!”
Him and Me TV Free is on 12PM, Espionage (venue 185)