The legendary double act The Raymond & Mister Timpkins Revue make their long-awaited Edinburgh Fringe debut with their show Ham after over twenty years of headlining on the UK comedy circuit.
They spoke to The Fountain about the wonderful help they received getting themselves to Fringe and the premise of their show.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Exciting and nervewracking. It is our first hour show and our first Edinburgh festival. The process of writing and previewing an hour show has been an exhausting eye opener. It will be good now to get up there and get going with it.
TF: The show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Raymond and Mr Timpkins enjoy a very close but not entirely healthy relationship, based in their shared caravan, that is tested when they both audition for the same role with a local Am Dram society. There is the pain of separation, the joy of reunion and an awful lot of dog mess trod into the carpet.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
Brett Vincent is the entire reason we are here. We have always fought shy of coming because of the high financial cost that seems to be largely borne by the hopeful acts. Brett has taken the financial risk on his own shoulders so it would have been rude to refuse his very generous offer. We have been writing the show for years and it has had many iterations. Andre Vincent, Brett’s brother, did a great job of knocking our slightly odd, disjointed ideas into a cohesive show. It is impossible to direct your own show, well it was for us anyway, as you are way too close to the material. Andre teased out the plot inconsistencies and made it make sense. If it still doesnt, that is entirely Andres fault! Can I just add here what a great PR guru Mel Brown is. Marvellous. A really big thank you actually to everyone who has helped us to get here, here being a very nearly ready show.
We are influenced largely by silly, falling over styles of comedy. We both love Spike Milligan, The Young Ones, Reeves and Mortimer but there are also influences from all the stuff we grew up with; the Carry on films, On the Buses, Dick Emery, The Two Ronnies, Morecambe and Wise. Not fashionable but largely good hearted, well intended comedy that is silly. There is also a nod to Top Cat in the set.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
Never been before other than a few weekends over the years. There are lots of shows we want to see. Terry Alderton, Sally Anne Heyward, Steve Day, Laura Lexx, John Moloney and Fred MacAulay and too many others to name.
We shall have a wander up Arthurs Seat and just generally explore Edinburgh. Most of the acts on the circuit have an encyclopaedic knowledge of Edinburgh but we have no clue. Will be fun learning.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond The Fringe?
We plan to tour the show, probably early next year. Brett Vincent and his Get Comedy agency will hopefully be sorting that our for us. Otherwise it is back to the day job of performing around the circuit and perhaps pondering what the next hour show might be about…
The Raymond & Mr Timpkins Revue: Ham, Pleasance – King Dome – Bristo Square, 8.30pm, 4th – 27th August (except 13th)