This brand-spanking-new hour by the 2018 Chortle Best Newcomer nominee finally answers the question no one is dying to have answered: ‘where is she from?!’. It also covers: the value of friendship, the power of perception, the importance of agency and how to deal with terminally ill toys. Micky Overman takes you on a journey through the jungle of silly boys/creeps of her past, and spoke with The Fountain in a little more depth about her show.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Yeah! It’s my sophomore year, which means it’s a completely new show with 100% new jokes written this year, something I’ve never done before and can’t quite believe I pulled off, actually. Sophomore year also means I’m going into it much more relaxed as I know better what to expect this year, and I feel much more prepared.
TF: Micky Overman Presents: Presenting Miss Micky Overman certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Everyone has at one point or another had a person in their lives that said: “you’re like this” and felt like that person got them horribly wrong. I’ve gathered a bunch of those experiences from my life and put them together. Plus, the framework of the show is a celebration of where I’m from, which is really fun and silly.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
Being foreign is a much bigger deal to people than I anticipated when I first moved here – I didn’t think anyone would care. So the ‘celebration of where I’m from’-bit of the show came from my director and I laughing at the idea of going a bit over the top with that concept. Then it’s packed with stories about people defining me in certain ways that I feel were wrong or reductive, which was brought on by a tricky experience I had in last year’s Fringe, that became kind of a catalyst for this year’s 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?
Seeing as many shows as possible. Every year I find new performers I absolutely love and want to see again, plus all my friends are up there doing shows, that I can’t wait to see. I think seeing shows is as important as doing a show, since there are people up there with years and years of experience on me, who I can learn a lot from just watching. That would be my advice to any newbies as well. Other than that: sleep, drink water, and embrace all the walking you get to do. Edinburgh is like a free work-out.
TF: And what are your future beyond Micky Overman Presents: Presenting Miss Micky Overman?
Hopefully do the show again in London, although I might be sick of it by the end of the Fringe. I’ve also been writing a lot, and I have a bunch of great ideas for TV that I would love to keep working on. Who knows what will happen, I mean, us girls are all supposed to write the new Fleabag it seems, but fingers crossed we can do our own ideas as well.
You can see Micky Overman Presents: Presenting Miss Micky Overman at Pleasance Courtyard until 25th August at 21:15. For tickets, go to https://tickets.edfringe.com/