After 2018’s debut Fringe show, Catherine Bohart’s back to smash stereotypes around sex, sexuality and relationships. As seen and heard on BBC Two’s The Mash Report, Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, E4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats, ITV2’s The Stand Up Sketch Show, Dave’s Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier and The Guilty Feminist Podcast, Catherine Bohart is at the Edinburgh Fringe this year with her show, Lemon. She spoke with The Fountain about the drivers behind the show and offered some advice to first-time performers.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
I’m so excited. Lemon is my second hour and it already feels funnier and more in my own voice than the first. I love the Fringe, and I’m thrilled to be doing my show in the Upstairs at The Pleasance where I’ve seen a bunch of my comedy heroes do shows that I loved! Obviously, this is a pretty stressful time of year when you have no idea if people will like it but I’m trying not to lose my nerve and run away to Mexico.
TF: Lemon certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Lemon is pretty filthy. I upset some people last year when I spoke about my sexuality on stage, apparently that’s not very ladylike. I barely spoke about it by the way but people were still upset. So, I figured I’d double down this year. The show is about societal perceptions of queer women, sex, relationships and possibly about turtles though people keep telling me to stop doing the turtle bit too…
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
To be honest, I started writing bits as soon as I came back from the Fringe last year and the only goal I had was that I’d find it funny and that it would feel honest. Pretty quickly, it was January and I had a lot of smut on my hands. So that was the starting point. I think the main influence has been my own relationship. I’m very lucky to have a forgiving girlfriend.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers? Is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
I’ve been going to the Fringe for long enough to know that plans aren’t really worth making. You go, you try your best, you schedule time to cry in the bath, you see as much as you can and you try to remember that in September you’ll be glad you did it. I’m keen to see so many shows in Edinburgh, I love watching comedy! I want to see Helen Bauer, Ivo Graham, Liza Treyger, Sophie Duker, Sofie Hagen, Laura Davis, Michael Odewale, Rhys Nicholson, and so many more!
TF: And what are your future plans beyond doing Lemon at the Fringe?
Well, I’m going to tour Lemon in the UK and Ireland, I’m still involved with The Mash Report and I’ll have a new show to write…Plus, I’m taking my girlfriend on holiday to make up for talking about sex life for a month to strangers.
Catherine Bohart’s new stand up show Lemon will be at the Pleasance Courtyard Upstairs at 6pm from 31st July – 25th August for tickets go to www.edfringe.com