On the outside, Sean Patton is loud, pudgy, white and stubborn. On the inside, he is also all of those things plus riddled with obsessive compulsive disorder. And so be it. After decades of trying to be anyone else, Sean Patton has finally decided to own who he is. He is in Edinburgh with his show, ContraDickhead, for the month of August and spoke with The Fountain about the drivers behind it.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Beyond exiting. I wanted to be back in 2018 but got to excited and had to wait one more year. If excitement could be converted into energy, my excitement could power the city of New Orleans, where I hail from, for the next decade.
TF: Contradickhead certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
My show is called Contradickhead, and it’s all about being a flawed human being in this modern world, where we’re all on the verge of going mad. I aim to show you how to do it the right way. Through tales of Easter sex, sleep apnea, being punched by my mother, concaine preference, Jesus Christ, and a real slick prick named Paulo, I will demonstrate how NOT to go about your days. After hearing about my flaws and the mistakes I’ve made, you will understand how to better exist in these insane times. Life never gets easier, we just get better at living.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I think our collective mental health would be in a much better place if we felt comfortable openly expressing our feelings. I grew up in the south, in New Orleans, where expressing your emotions daily is common practice. I now live in New York city, where being vulnerable in any way can come off as weakness, and is thus discouraged. It’s been quite the journey in between, and I want to share that with all of you. My influences are my parents and my younger siblings. My family. We’ve all said some of the worst things people can say to one another, and have also bent time and moved mountains to be by each other’s side in times of need. That is the very nature of the human experience. We are all contradickheads.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
My plans for the fringe are to climb Arthur’s seat. I didn’t get the chance to do it last time I was there (2017), and it’s bothered me since. I want to climb it in such a way that they change the name to “Sean’s standing desk”.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond the Fringe?
To be forever creating. That is where my happiness is.
Sean Patton’s new stand up show, Contradickhead, will be at the Gilded Balloon Balcony from 31st July – 25th August at 19:45. For tickets, go to www.edfringe.com