From BBC Radio 1’s The Andy Field Experience, ITV2’s The Stand Up Sketch Show and Comedy Central’s Ones To Watch. Andy Field may have tragically died before he could realise his abundant potential but miraculously, he still has more to give. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, Andy’s dying wish, to perform one final comedy show, is going to be fulfilled. Andy spoke to The Fountain about his show, Funeral and his plans for the month.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?
I’m always excited for the fringe, as a comedy nerd it’s the best place in the world and as a comedian it’s a chance to make your mark and participate in something really special. That being said, my excitement is always slightly dampened by anxiety and dread so on a scale of 1 to 10 I’m probably a 5 right now.
TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Great question! Hard to answer. Is that a bad sign? Yes it is. Still, the premise is that I died prior to the fringe but rather than giving up my slot I recorded a hologram of myself doing stand up to be played in my stead as part of a comedy show/memorial service.
TF: And what drove the project, where do your influences lie?
I think my main drive at any time is to do something different and progressive while making myself laugh as much as possible. In this case I’m able to make silly jokes while pretending to be a hologram of a very sick person so it’s a good time from start to finish.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
I’m going to do my show, watch 2 or 3 others every day, nap in the meadows whenever time allows and generally tear shit up as much as possible. It isn’t for everyone and my body/mind will gradually crumble to dust but it’s also a lot of fun. As for tips for first time performers, I’d say be kind to yourself. Some shows go terribly, sometimes no one shows up at all, other times you wish no one showed up but if you can get through a whole fringe run and still love what you do, you’ve smashed it. Find the strength to do that 10 more times and the world’s your oyster.
TF: And what are your future plans, beyond the Fringe?
I have none whatsoever. Every year I plan up until the fringe and as soon as it finishes I find myself lost and adrift. I expect I’ll probably think of a new stupid idea and start developing it for the 2020 fringe. Other than that, I quite want to write a book called Bearman, which is about a half man half bear who’s cursed by a wizard to never feel satisfied and also be really good at karate
You can see Andy Field’s Funeral at Just The Tonic from 1st-25th August at 2:10pm. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com