Zoe Lyons debuts her new stand up show Entry Level Human at the Edinburgh Festival’s Gilded Balloon this August, which will be followed by an extensive UK tour that takes in forty-two dates. Entry Level Human is the follow up to 2016’s Little Misfit that garnered critical acclaim.
Zoe spoke to The Fountain about having a gap year from the Fringe, whilst also outlining how Fringe experiences can sculpt the show.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Yes, I am looking forward to the Fringe this year. For the past few years I have done every other fringe. I find that gap year really helps. Otherwise you are thinking about the next show a month after the last one has finished and it can seem a bit full on.
TF: The show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
The show is very loosely based on inconvenience, human stupidity ( including my own) and managing expectation. I like the ways shows can just grow and change. Things will occur half way through a run at the fringe, it might not be relevant to the “basis” of the show but I will find a find a away to crow bar it in if its funny. So shows often start off being about one thing and slowly change over time.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
Influences come from experience I have had, watching people behave and modern culture / life. Something will happen to me and I know I can use it at some point in a show. Sometimes it takes ages for the idea to fully form or for me to find the funny angle. I can sometimes mull over a story for a year before I find a way to get the funny out of it.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
I plan on seeing lots of shows and I am going to make a real effort to have a clean living healthy month, I say that now, it will all go awry three days in, I know myself. My advice to first timers would be very simply, enjoy doing your show every day, it is the reason that you are there. Because the festival is so vast and a bit intimidating you can so easily get consumed by it. It is a long month and it will have its great days and quite frankly dreadful ones but try and enjoy it for what it is.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond The Fringe?
I am going on tour from the beginning of September through to January so that will keep me busy. I also have a little two episode show coming out on Radio 4 at the end of September as well as writing an idea for a sitcom. I will also be planning a holiday!
Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human , Gilded Balloon, 5:45pm, 4th – 26th August @zoelyons