Award-winning comedian, writer and co-creator of Comedy Central’s Modern Horror Stories, Daniel Audritt brings his much-anticipated debut hour to the Fringe. Having previously written for 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Mock the Week, Comic Relief, The News Quiz, Dead Ringers, NewsJack and many more, the show is a punchline-heavy stand-up comedy show that questions love, relationships, modern masculinity and what it takes to be a good guy. Daniel spoke with The Fountain about the show in more detail.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?
I’m sitting somewhere between excited and terrified at the moment. I’ve been to the fringe a few times before, and love it. It’s my favourite month of the year, every year. I see loads of shows, hang out with a load of friends and just generally enjoy making audiences laugh all day, every day… At least I hope that’s what I’m doing.
But this year is the first time I’ve brought up my own hour long show and I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself to make it good enough (it’ll never actually be good enough)… So I’m trying to remind myself every day that it’s meant to be fun and it’s only comedy… that’s helping (a little).
TF: Better Man certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
It’s a stand up show first and foremost. I’ve found myself in a relationship that I really want to last and that’s really made me question a lot about what i know about love and relationships. I’m a guy who really loves RomComs, but they’ve taught me a lot of negative lessons when it comes to making relationships work.
The other main topic is masculinity. It’s obviously a big topic at the moment and something I’ve been very interested in. So I talk a lot about trying to be a Better Man and really look into what men have to do to be better in 2019, as well as looking at the societal reasons for why men act the way they do… but you know, with jokes…
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I’ve had a lot of influences for this show. Firstly I’ve been reading a lot of books on love and masculinity, to try and inform my opinions more and to make sure I actually know what I’m talking about.
Comedically though I wanted to make sure that the show was still really funny and the biggest influence for me there was probably John Mullaney. His specials are exactly that, very special. The jokes are perfect and so well delivered and it just feels like a show.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?/Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
I’d say that if you’re new to the fringe, then try and see as much as you can and if you’re a performer then try and get on stage everywhere they’ll let you. For the last few years I’ve been doing between three and seven shows a day every day and if you do that then you end up progressing more in a month than you do in the other 11 months of the year.
That being said, I’m not doing that this year. I’ve purposely taken a writing job to work on when I’m not doing my show and only have one other show in the day to play around with some new thoughts. With it being my first hour show, I want to make sure I look after myself and don’t exhaust myself running around and also make sure I don’t find myself constantly comparing myself to every other show I see… But if you see me half way through, I might just be doing what I always do again.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Better Man?
I’m part of a writing partnership with Kat Butterfield (who is also in Northern Power Blouse – a very silly sketch show that will also be in Edinburgh). We’re developing a lot of TV scripts at the moment so we’ll probably be locking ourselves away to do them. We’ve got loads of things we’re writing and making – it’s an endless list that we’re trying to work through. Other than that I’ll probably just start writing next years show…
You can see Better Man at Just the Tonic at the Caves until 25th August at 13:05. For tickets, go to https://tickets.edfringe.com/