Michael Odewale is selfish. And apathetic. And so are you. Join the fast-rising star as he tries to figure out what matters, and what’s just noise, in his highly anticipated debut show. A fresh new voice known for delivering sharp, slick and beautifully executed stand-up, Odewale is set to take the comedy world by storm, and is in Edinburgh this month with #BLACKBEARSMATTER. He spoke with The Fountain about his plans for the month.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?
Very much so. I’ve been doing comedy for a few years now so doing my first one hour show almost feels like a graduation. The end of one chapter of my comedy career and the beginning of a new one.
TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
It’s called #BLACKBEARSMATTER. It’s about what I feel is my selfishness and lack of self awareness on a range of topics from family to protest movements and how I feel it manifests itself.
TF: And what drove the project, where do your influences lie?
I want to explore my feelings of apathy and lack of action in what feel like a time when a lot of people are fighting for something. In the UK when I was starting out it was a big deal for me to see comics like Dane Baptiste, Ola the Comedian and Jamali Maddix covering the types of topics I wanted to and how they did it. Plus now I’ve got to know them and they’re all real generous with advice.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
Yeah I did a full month for the first time last year with the Pleasance Comedy Reserve. I’m looking forward to catching Nigel Ng, Ed Night, Jamali Maddix, Alistair Williams, Helen Bayer and Darren Harriott. That’s just off the top of my head, there’s a whole lot more I want to catch too of course.
TF: And what are your future plans, beyond the Fringe?
We’ll see. I’ve got ideas for another show that need to be worked on but right now I think it’s wise to focus my attention on this August
You can see Michael Owedale: #Blackbearsmatter at Pleasance Courtyard Bunker Two: 31st July – 25th August at 5:30pm. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com