As seen on the BBC and Channel 4. Anglo-Iranian, English Comedian of the Year finalist 2017, Darius Davies returns with one of the funniest, most thought-provoking stand-up shows this Fringe. Persian of Interest, which is at the Edinburgh Fringe for the month of August, is over at Just the Tonic at the Tron. Darius spoke with The Fountain about the drivers for this years show as well as another he is bringing to Edinburgh.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
It is! This is my first time I will be performing at The Tron, which is such a great venue for comedy. I’ve admired it for many years and I am bringing up a show that is not just funny but relevant to today’s current affairs. I can’t wait to get started!
TF: Persian of Interest certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Thank you! In this show I touch upon my Persian background but more so on how easy it is to manipulate the media, and change the course of the news and global affairs – with nothing more than a mobile phone and a little bit of ingenuity. All whilst being sat at home in your pants.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
This show came together serendipitously, by a chain of events….it was nothing I intentionally set out to do but with each passing day the show becomes more relevant. In comedy I am inspired by such comedians as Eddie Murphy, Dave Chapelle, and Chris Rock. I have been likened to Russell Brand before, and I would say this show has a flavour of them with a smattering of Dave Gorman.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
My plans for the fringe are to bring up a show that I am 100% happy with – I know that is probably everyone’s plans but this year I have gone out of my way to tour the show in Adelaide and Perth, preview up and down the UK, and work with some great producers so I can bring a show to the fringe that no matter what happens I will be proud of. I’m also bringing up my other show which I created; Hate N Live to a new bigger venue and I am excited for that, as that show’s goes from strength to strength!
Tips for first-timers: if you’re doing the full run, make sure you take a day off and if you’re doing a donation show get a card reader. This is the first time I will be able to really watch other performer’s shows as my solo show is quite early this year (2:20pm The Tron) so I’m looking forward to seeing Leo Kearse, Michelle De Swarte and Justin Pank’s shows – and then playing it by ear and seeing where the buzz is!
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Persian of Interest?
At the moment all my focus is on Persian on Interest – once that’s done I’ll have to see where the cards have fallen!
You can see Darius Davies: Persian of Interest at Just the Tonic at the Tron from 1st – 25th August (not 12th) at 14:20. For tickets, please visit https://tickets.edfringe.com