Cam Spence presents an explosive debut hour of idiosyncratic character comedy at this years Fringe Festival. Welcome to The Sunshine Clinic. Performing at the Pleasance Bunker expect self-help and character comedy. Cam spoke with The Fountain about her show and where she gets her influence from.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?
I’m stupidly excited!
TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
It’s a character comedy show set in a fictional rehab clinic called ‘The Sunshine Clinic’ (recently crowned by Recovery Magazine as “Britain’s Clinic Closest to the M4”!) The main character is the founder of the clinic who is a fraudulent therapist and narcissistic woman from the Yorkshire Dales called Janet Waitrose. She manages to make all the therapy she offers her patients entirely about herself and how she was one of 400 under 40 in her local Gazette’s feature celebrating the middle aged! It’s silly and it’s stupid and it’s heart-warming and I’d love you to come.
TF: And what drove the project, where do your influences lie?
The project was driven by both my own genuine love of self-help and therapy, and a troubling worship of character comedians. In terms of the latter I am obsessed with the work of Steve Coogan, Kristen Wiig, Lolly Adefope, Carmen Christopher, and Lauren Servideo.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
I have absolutely been to the Fringe, I’m addicted to it, lock me up and send me to rehab! My own fictional one perhaps! I am very keen to see Lucy Pearman’s show but she clashes with me every day so I can’t! I’m in a very dark hole emotionally about it.
TF: And what are your future plans, beyond the Fringe?
I have a very funny movie coming out later this year called This My Movie, which I am going to be screaming about constantly once it’s no longer possible for me to scream constantly about my Edinburgh show. It’s all improvised with some of my favourite, most dreamiest American comedic improvisers: Carmen Christopher, Gary Richardson and John Reynolds.
You can see The Sunshine Clinic at Pleasance: Bunker Three from 31st July – 25th August (not 12th) at 4:30pm. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com