After being propelled into the spotlight with his debut sell-out critically acclaimed hour Class Half Empty, Tom Houghton returns back to the Edinburgh Festival with a brand new hour of comedy, The Honorable Tom Houghton, this time to the Pleasance Jack Dome.
Tom spoke with The Fountain about the premise of the show, and about how a title can deliver a Fringe show.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
It is very exciting indeed. Every Edinburgh is special in its own way and I think this one is a particular challenge. Its technically my 11th year, though my second as a solo performer. My solo debut went excellently last year, but now is the time when I have to prove that I am not just a flash in the pan. It’s time for that difficult second album.
TF: The show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
My father has just been inducted into the house of lords. As a result I have just been given the title “The Honourable”. This is ridiculous, I’ve been sacked from Weatherspoon’s twice. This show is me asking what being honourable really means.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
This show landed in my lap really. You get given a title out of nowhere, there is probably a show in it. The influence is all for me and my experience. I talk about going to the house of lords, living in the Tower of London with my father. I also explore growing up and how we deal with the everyday struggles we all go through.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
The fringe becomes much more focused every time I go. In the early days it was all partying till the early hours and doing shows slightly more hung over than I should have been. Now I still find time for the social side of things, but there is also regular gym sessions and three square meals a day. For first time fringe goers, immerse yourself. Watch as much as you can, chat to as many people and if an unusual offer appears then hold your nose and jump.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond The Fringe?
In life? What a massive question that is. As soon as the fringe finishes I’m off to Sweden to do another festival. Otherwise I have a few TV bits that I’m very excited with. I’m also writing a fair few TV projects and will, with any luck, be starting a podcast.
And a best friend’s wedding in Ibiza. That is gonna be cray cray!
The Honorable Tom Houghton, Pleasance Jack Dome, 8.10pm, 1st – 26th August