Life’s getting a bit serious innit? Political instability, social politics making people less social – life now is guilt, followed by shame. However, what is life, if nothing but a distraction until you die? Archie Maddocks tackles the struggles of being alive in his latest hour of provocative, exhilarating and, crucially, hilarious comedy. Archie spoke with The Fountain about Big Dick Energy and his tips for first time performers.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe again this year, how exciting!! Are you looking forward to it?
Yeah, I always look forward to the fringe. It’s a great thing to be able to be a part of – just to do a show every day and get it better and better, what’s not to look forward to? I think it’s easy for a lot of people going up to get bogged down by all the stuff around it like “Will people turn up”, “Who’s going to have a good year” and “When is the Fringe breakdown going to happen this year? I hope I’m not crying on some steps like last time” etc – but, ultimately, nothing really matters. For me, you go up, do your show, have a good time with friends and colleagues and forget about the world for a month.
TF: Big Dick Energy situations certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Well, the premise is that the very idea of existing is a form of big dick energy, because you never had a choice in being alive, but you’re here anyway, so you should take confidence from that fact. It’s basically existentialism as told by an idiot trying to understand big concepts in a dumb way.
TF: And what drove the show and what would you say are your biggest influences?
I think I’m just getting to that stage of life where I’m questioning my own existence and why anything matters when ultimately, life is simply chance followed by a duty to keep living. So, existential angst coupled with a lack of self-awareness probably drove this show. I wanted to get my comedy more cerebral than it had been before, explore sides of myself I didn’t know too much about (or repressed, whatever) so hopefully that’s what has happened. Who knows – might just be a bunch of dick jokes I’ve given far too much credence to.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe? Having been before are there any tips you would offer to first-time performers?
This year, I’m going to be busy around my show with various writing projects – one thing is shooting at the end of August so I’m expecting lots of frenzied calls about re-writes right when I’m winding down from comedy. Aside from that, I’m going to be doing lots of relaxing. I’ve been invited to a spa this year! Never been to one, going to try and not bring down the tone. My tips are – Give your space time to be s**t – you will never be as terrible as you are right now, so just embrace it, you’ll always get better. F**k up – nothing matters. Be a dick, but in a loveable way. Support your friends. Get out of the festival from time to time. Ultimately, have fun.
TF: Are there any must dos whilst in Edinburgh?
Have a pie from Pieminister. Go to some s**t show at midnight and work out what the hell is trying to be done. DO NOT DO A SILENT DISCO!
TF: And what are your future plans beyond the Fringe?
Holiday after the fringe, then I’m, super busy with writing projects up to May of next year. And I’m planning on getting a dog – I want a Rottweiler, but I expect my girlfriend will convince me to get a French Bulldog – which she wants to call Archie. I’m furious.
Archie Maddocks performs Big Dick Energy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at Just The Tonic (The Mash House) from Thursday 1st August – Sunday 25th August at 4.50pm.