A friendship, a country, a beloved 90s pop group. Joe Sutherland returns to the Fringe looking back at things we once loved which have now gone sour. A regular face on Comedy Central’s online channels, Joe has appeared on BBC Three, Sky Arts and has written for Comedy Central’s Roast Battle. One of the most in-demand acts on the comedy circuit today, he has toured the UK supporting Ellie Taylor and the US stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race. He also spoke with The Fountain about the speakers that inspired the show, as well as his plans for August.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?
Excited isn’t quite the word I’d go for, and I wouldn’t say ‘dreading’ either, but perhaps somewhere in the middle. It’s great fun once you’re up there but you have to go through a few months of sleepless nights of worry beforehand.
TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
If you look at the news (which is what I call Twitter) then it feels like everyone is very confused and angry all the time at the moment. I just want to try and process my own confusion via the only cultural phenomenon I feel qualified to comment on; the Spice Girls reunion.
TF: And what drove the project, where do your influences lie?
I’m mostly driven by my unquenchable thirst for attention, so doing a solo show meets that need quite nicely. My many varied influences include the great speakers and thinkers of our time such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Amanda Holden.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
Get into a new TV series on the first day, then no matter how good or bad your first few shows are, you’ll have something you desperately want to go home for. Last year I binge watched Pose in the first week and can highly recommend.
TF: And what are your future plans, beyond the Fringe?
A brunch comedy dynasty called Our Mary’s – launching in September in London at a gorgeous venue called Mortimer House. It’ll be a night time comedy gig in the middle of the day with delicious food and drinks deals. It will combine my two favourite things; stand-up comedy and finishing work by 3 o’clock and drinking for the rest of the afternoon.
You can see Joe Sutherland: Sour at Banshee Labyrinth from 3rd- 25th August at 10:10pm. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com