George Fouracres, Wolverhampton’s fancy-pantsiest son, tells stories of a Black Country childhood, sings ancient ballads, becomes occasional grotesques and splatters his odd brain matter all over the stage in his debut stand-up hour, Gentlemon. You may know him from Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated sketch trio Daphne, or from BBC Radio 4, BBC Three, Channel 4 and ABC. He spoke with The Fountain about the debut Fringe show and his plans for the month.
TF: You are performing your debut solo hour at the EFF, how exciting?
Hoho YEP, heheh WOW yeah, hoho can’t wait, not at all absolutely terrified, absolutely no way lads, hoho WOW.
TF: Gentlemon certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Cheers! It’s about me being a big posh git who loved umbrellas, cufflinks, Roman Emperors and computer games whilst growing up in a not very posh place – Willenhall, my beloved hometown, in the Black Country.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I’ll be honest, my two sketch buddies from Daphne were really busy living great lives/being really famous, so I thought I’d grab the opportunity this year to make a show just based on stories about my very funny family, like my grandad, who’s a pigeon-flying bricklayer, and the loveliest man alive.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
As always at the Fringe, I’ll be doing a lot of bracing walks, loitering in Forbidden Planet/Blackwells, drinking beer, eating Zuhus chicken, and praying the rosary. I’ll also be watching pals like Will Duggan, Olga Koch, Pierre Novellie, Gabby Best, Eshaan Akbar, Jordan Brookes, Jenny Bede, and my hero, Limmy.
And what are your future plans beyond Gentlemon?
I’m thinking of starting a Twitch channel! Where I play very slow, almost tedious city-building and simulator games, and chat about nonsense. Sometimes with guests. Either that or I fulfil my actual dream of being a respected character actor in critically-acclaimed films. It’ll be one of the two.
You can see George Fouracres: Gentlemon at Pleasance Courtyard until 26th August at 15:30. For tickets, go to https://tickets.edfringe.com/