For those who want more from their comedy than one guy standing still on a stage with a microphone. Confront the mystery of our lives, deaths and afterlives in a show full of interactive bits, vulnerable personal stories and surreal comedy rituals. This cross-genre comedy show blurs the lines between stand-up, theatre, improv, sketch and performance art. Dave Maher is back at the Fringe with his show, Feed Wolf Ice Cream, and spoke with The Fountain about the show in more depth.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
The most exciting!
TF: Feed Wolf Ice Cream certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
My previous show, Dave Maher Coma Show, was about the monthlong coma I survived five years ago. The premise of Feed Wolf Ice Cream is: that brush with death didn’t give me any lasting peace about death. I’m still terrified of it. I want to prove there’s an afterlife. And I recognize the limitations of language in trying to express these feelings. The show is my attempt to prove, make peace, quell terror, and transcend language. I’ve bit off more than I can chew, and I think it’s funny to watch me try to swallow that too-big bite. If you like stretched metaphors like that, you’ll love the show.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I wanted to make a show that was bigger than standup, which is my background. The shows that inspired me at the Edinburgh Fringe last year were Rhum and Clay’s Mistero Buffo, Natalie Palamides’ Nate, and Paul Currie’s Hot Donkey. All of them expanded my mind about the possibilities of solo stage work.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
Flyer your ass off! You can get great audiences without getting press, and flyering allows you to make individual fans, one at a time. Make the most of days off, whether that’s with rest or rejuvenating activities, like exploring the city, hiking Arthur’s Seat, or seeing shows you wouldn’t otherwise get to. I’m excited to see Rhum and Clay’s production of The War of the Worlds, Manual Cinema’s Frankenstein, and as much circus and physical theatre as I can find.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Feed Wolf Ice Cream?
I want to tour both Feed Wolf Ice Cream and Dave Maher Coma Show, in the States and abroad, at fringes and at one-off gigs in cities around the world. And I’d like to bring a new show to Edinburgh next year!
You can see Feed Wolf Ice Cream at Just the Tonic at the Caves from 7th – 25th August at 12:55. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com