New York- based comedian Lucie Pohl, creator of Edinburgh and off-Broadway hits Hi, Hitler, Cry Me A Liver, Apohlcalypse Now! and voice of Overwatch’s Mercy wants to be really really real and brings Edinburgh a show about being a video game celebrity with a bathtub in her kitchen. Lucie spoke with The Fountain about her Fringe show as well as the influences behind it.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
So excited and just can’t hide it. I’m trying to lose control but I’m sitting in a chair and it’s 3pm, so…
I took two years off which makes coming back very nerve wrecking. At the same time it’s exhilarating because I know what an Olympic rush of adrenaline and creative soul food Edinburgh is. I’m starting to go running more to build up my endurance and I’ve been eating lots of deep fried pizza to get my immune system used to all the glorious foods that await me.
TF: Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Real certainly sounds really intriguing, what is the premise?
The premise is that I am a video game superstar and my bathtub is in my kitchen. I’m an online hero and a real life zero. The show is about what’s real and what’s not in this age of social media and online personas. It fascinates me that we can have a life in on the internet which has nothing to do with our “real” lives. And then you start asking yourself, what’s real? What’s fake? You’ll hear about Saudi Arabian stalkers, my divorce, crazy machete wheeling East Village neighbours and an ode to my breakdancing vagina.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
What drove the project is beyond me since I can’t drive. God, that is a horrible joke. I’m sorry. What drove the project is narcissism, masochism and my love for horizontal rain in August. No, I’ll stop now and be serious for a minute. I wanted to write a show about what it’s like to be living inside the smoke and mirrors concept. I’d step on a cockroach in my kitchen-bathtub, get dropped by my agent and then walk outside just to bump into a bunch of video game fans who’d start crying and screaming asking me for selfies and autographs and saying how they can’t believe they met a celebrity. This crazy contrast was happening to me a lot so I though, yeah, there’s a show in there.
Everything in the show is drawn from my life. Which is pretty sad but hopefully funny for you guys.
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 is to let it all hang out. This is the first year I am doing a later slot – 9pm – so I am planning to sleep until 4pm every day. No seriously, I plan to keep it together, go for runs, eat healthy, get work done. And then I plan to wake up from that nightmare and celebrate life and art. I plan to see as many shows as possible because to me that is the most glorious part of the fringe. I plan to give the audiences a great show every night no matter what and I plan to go up Arthur’s seat at least once with Arthur Smith.
My tips for first timers are don’t take no for an answer, bring a hoodie, and when you don’t understand a word of what the Scots are saying to you just hand them a beer, say AYE and smile!
TF: And what are your future plans beyond the Fringe?
My future plans are to run the world and give everyone free Nutella. I am also working on a pilot for a TV show with a German production company. I am finishing a romantic comedy script. I’d love to tour this show all over the world though so hopefully that’s in the cards after the fringe!
Lucie Pohl’s new comedy show Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Real will be at the Gilded Balloon Turret at 9pm from 31st July – 26th August. For tickets go to www.edfringe.com