Matt Hoss is a hopeless romantic (with hopeless being the operative word). His new show, Here Comes Your Man, which will be at the Fringe this August is an emotionally honest, hilarious debut show that discusses romance, awkward sex and heart-warming tales of failing in love. Matt spoke with The Fountain about his influences and his long list of talent he looks forward to seeing in Edinburgh this Fringe.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
I’m very excited! I’ve been working on this show since October 2018, and it’ changed so much since then. I think the current version of the show is hilarious and I’m very proud of it. It’s been a long journey, but I can’t wait to perform it for my debut hour for the entire month of August!
TF: Here Comes Your Man certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Here Comes Your Man is all about my life in love and romance. The show is a true story about falling in love for the first time at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe… and how things didn’t go according to plan. I talk about lots of romantically themed subjects during the show, including: how I am an incredibly weird person to date, my whole history of my disastrous dates and the odd things of which I think true love is!!
Here Comes Your Man also discusses Men’s Mental health, the need for men to talk more openly about their feelings, and the joys of loving yourself. Though the show is about love and romance, at the heart of it, Here Comes Your Man is truly about celebrating and accepting who you are as a person.
TF: And what drove the project?
I started writing the show after my first ever heartbreak, and that was the catalyst for writing the show. From the start, I challenged myself to not be negative towards heartbreak, as I wanted to talk approach the subject in a healthy, positive and non-toxic outlook. This forced me to look at break-ups in a funny and upbeat way, whilst making me re-evaluate all of my past relationships.
I also realised that lots of male comedians discuss break-ups onstage. I feel my show is different because I analyse why we are all talking about it onstage, instead of talking to our friends in real life. The driving force of the show is to create a dialogue with men who aren’t speaking up and allow them to open up about their feelings. The best thing about the show is that it has resonated with lots of people and I hope it continues to do so.
TF: Where did your influences lie?
This show has been influenced by three very different comedic sources!
Firstly, I’m a big fan of Richard Herring and his themed shows really help me focus on sticking to a single issue for an hour. He rarely does a “generic show” and his shows are great because they really make you think about a subject. He explores every nook and cranny, and I wanted to that for my show too!
I’m also a big fan of Pappy’s. The boys from Pappy’s taught me to be really playful whilst entertaining an audience. Tom Parry in particular showed in his 2015 solo show, Yellow T-Shirt, how to spread pure joy over the course of an hour. There is no group quite like Pappy’s and I wanted to have that anarchic energy in my show too.
And finally, of course, Laura Lexx is a huge influence. She showed me how to articulate vulnerability as a strength onstage, how to craft an engaging narrative and she shows a way of talking about personal issues but without it affecting the stream of constant laughter. From the very start, I have been working to this template for Here Comes Your Man: a heavy gag rate, but with genuinely touching moments.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe?
Last year I performed the full run at the festival, doing a split-show with another comedian (and doing a compilation show as well). It was really good fun but this year will be even better!
This year I’m running the same compilation show (Viva Las Vegans – 10.30am at Henderson’s – New Town), flyering in the afternoon and doing my solo show in the evening. During the day I will also be interviewing comedians for my podcast Matt Hoss Talks To People He Likes. I’ll also see as many shows as possible and try to experience as much as the festival as possible.
TF: Having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
My big tip for Fringe newcomers is: Pace yourself. You are doing a marathon, not a sprint. So be careful not to burnout in the first couple of weeks. Take time for yourself and make sure you see friends who aren’t performers. Just be aware that it’s a mentally straining month and it will be hard, but you will be a better performer at the end of it. You can do it.
Plus go and see as much shows as possible. Support your friends and take a chance on other shows. You may even make some new friends out of it!
TF: Is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
I am so excited to see so many shows! It’s hard to name them all but here are a few!
Bec Hill’s new show I’ll Be Bec is a really fun sci-fi /comedy concept. Bec Hill is a comedic genius onstage and an utter delight offstage. I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying this show. (Pleasance Dome – 10Dome – 17.40)
I can’t wait to see Tom Parry: Parryoke! As mentioned earlier, Tom Parry is a euphoric tour-de-force and this show will not be any different! (Pleasance Courtyard – Beside – 18:00)
Alice Fraser – Mythos. Alice Fraser is a Fringe show champion. Her writing is impeccable, she’s incredibly intelligent and her ideas are so innovative. I can’t wait to see her next instalment. (Gilded Balloon Teviot – Billiard Room – 20:45)
Richard Herring: RHLSTP will be really good! An amazing guest every day! Richard Herring is superb and never fails to make me laugh. (The Stand’s New Town Theatre – Grand Hall – 13.30)
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Here Comes Your Man?
Hopefully, after the end of the Fringe, I will be incredibly rich, famous and successful (Obviously that is what happens to all the acts – right????!) Just kidding, but if it goes really well, I hope to do a short-tour of the show around the UK and maybe take it to some festivals! I also plan to put Here Comes Your Man out as a show online in some format.
Besides that, I am also currently planning and writing my second Edinburgh Fringe show for 2020. I believe it will discuss Morality and Ethics, but anything could happen before next year!
I am also currently writing a Musical with my friend and the amazing musician Tsarzi, which could be at the fringe in the future. But I can’t say any more right now…but keep your eyes peeled on my website for details!
You can see Here Comes Your Man at Just The Tonic @ Grassmarket Centre from 1st – 25th August (Not 12th) at 19:10. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com