Following on from the success of Phil Nichol’s internationally acclaimed hit show Your Wrong, Too Much takes an unflinching look at ageing, recognition, mental health, values, norms, patience, everything and conkers. In Edinburgh for the Fringe, Phil spoke with The Fountain about the show and his plans for August.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
It is always exciting to come up to the fringe. this will be my 29th year at the fringe and it never ceases to amaze me how exciting and stressed out I get.
TF: Too Much certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
The planet is messed up. Society has devolved. Mankind is hopeless. Vegans are right. You can’t punch a fascist. The left are self-righteous morons. Everyone is a selfish prick. I’m a bleeding hypocrite. It’s all too much. Too much. Too Much takes an unflinching look at ageing, recognition, mental health, values, norms, patience, everything and conkers delivered in my unique live-wire style.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
Following off of the back of my whirl wind world tour that took in 129 performance in 15 countries Too Much is like a big fun grab bag of excess. It’ll be loud and fun. I’m also producing and starring in a Eugene O’Neil play and throwing together a double act with Tony Law very day. So my girlfriend said “you’re doing Too Much!!” so now I am…literally doing Too MUCH.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
This is my 29th trip to the Fringe. First time performers, pace yourself. It’s a long run and can be exhausting so eat well, sleep if you can and watch those vocal chords. As I’ll be performing in Hughie by Eugene O’Neill, Virtue Chamber Echo Bravo with Tony Law and my show Too Much every night at Monkey Barrel there won’t be much time to see anything else. I’ll see everything I can at Monkey Barrel…
TF: And what are your future plans beyond the Fringe?
I hope to take Too Much on a UK and Work tour similar to the one that I just completed with last years show Your Wrong. We are podcasting Virtue Chamber Echo Bravo and have a lead on bringing Hughie to London.
Phil Nichol’s new stand up show Too Much will be at the Monkey Barrel 4 from 1st – 25th August at 21:00. For tickets, go to www.edfringe.com