Chortle One-to-Watch 2018, Richard Todd returns to Edinburgh with a new show, We Need the Eggs, which is at the Pleasance Courtyard for the Fringe this August.

Richard spoke to The Fountain as though we were hairdressers and you can read the rest below.

TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?

This reads more like a polite response from a hairdresser than a question.

Hairdresser: Doing anything nice this year?
Customer: I’m going to perform at the Edinburgh festival in August.
Hairdresser: You’re performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. How exciting!
… How’s that for you love?

I think all questions should come with a back story.

TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?

A hairdresser would never ask that! Jeez! Did you not read your back story? It is about the obsessive pursuit of absurd ideals in spite of history and experience telling you they will end in failure, and the perpetual resurrection of hope. I tell that to all the magazines. Primarily because it is the truth and I don’t want to confuse myself at this point in proceedings.

TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?

It was going to be a valedictory show about my disillusionment with comedy, but then, after writing a couple of funny descriptions, I perked up and refocussed on why folk pursue such ridiculous ambitions… I wish this was what my hairdresser chatted to me about. On my last visit she was too amazed at a stripper in LIDL to hear my fantasies.

TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?

Fringe. Tips. Now this almost is a hairdressing question. Great stuff. You’re really getting into character. Okay let’s do a scene… and… action…!

TF: And what are your future plans beyond your show?

A haircut please.

Photo courtesy of Lorna Milburn

Richard Todd: We Need The Eggs, Pleasance Courtyard – The Attic, 1st – 26th August (not Tues 15th), 10:45pm