In this hilarious rags to more rags tale of becoming a “proper” musician, Micky P Kerr dissects the winning pop song formula and offers his own unique reconstructions. Last year he made the finals of Britain’s Got Talent and wowed the judges and this year he is in Edinburgh at Fringe, with his show, Kerr In The Community. Micky spoke with The Fountain about the premise of the show as well as his plans for Fringe.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Yes, very exciting! It’s the usual mix of emotions I think most comics feel in the build up to an Edinburgh show. Excitement, apprehension, fear and hope all rolled into one. I’m looking forward to it though and excitement is currently winning the race.
TF: Grimefulness certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
The premise of my show is to make people laugh and entertain them as much as possible. I’ve decided to show some music videos I’ve been working on so I suppose the show is taking a look at the impact music has on our lives and how the standard pop formulas are used to make money. I’ll be dissecting popular song structures and putting them back together with a twist.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
My own passion for music drove this project and every performer has to play to their strengths. I was going to do a show about Britain’s Got Talent initially as I went on the show last year but in the last six months my writing took a new direction and I realised that a show about music would be a better idea. I’ve had the luxury of doing my debut UK tour this spring so that’s given me chance to really hone my material although I’m keen to ensure it’s a different type of show, hence the music videos and the change of angle (my tour show was more about BGT). I suppose my influences lie with Flight of the Conchords and Bill Bailey.
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 perform to the best of my ability and try to watch as many other shows as I can. Not just for the enjoyment but also for the creative inspiration. I’ve chosen a tea time slot, which I’m really happy with as it means I can relax on an evening without the pressure of performing hanging over you. It’s important to have some down time. I won’t be flyering quite as much as I did last time but I’ll still be doing a little to keep my hand in. I did my debut show in 2017 and really out the hours in flyering but sometimes it didn’t pay off. I’ve learned quality is better than quantity. Get the best flyering team you can! Even paying one person for one hour before your show is worth it if they are good at it.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Edinburgh?
My plans afterwards are to do a shed load of gigs immediately after! My diary is chockablock after Edinburgh but I’ve gotta bring home the bacon to feed my family. So at some stage I’d like to spend some quality time with my partner and my two young children as I’ll be missing them for the best part of a month. This is an industry in which you’ve gotta make sacrifices, hopefully the quality of my show will shine through and those sacrifices will all be worth it. Oh no, excitement has just been over taken by nerves and fear now. I’m sure that will change in a few minutes. It’s the hope that kills you.
Micky P Kerr’s new comedy show, Kerr In The Community, will be at the Underbelly, Bristo Sq, Daisy Room at 17:45 from 31st July – 25th August for tickets go to www.edfringe.com