Amused Moose Best Fringe Show 2018 winner. Award-winning stand-up comedian Tania Edwards explores emotionally incontinent times and explains why it’s imperative to repress our emotions. But just how easy is it to be bashful and brazen, coy and courageous (and make sure everyone notices)? She is in Edinburgh with her Fringe show, Don‘t Mention It, and spoke with The Fountain about her plans for the month.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, are you excited?
I’m taking my new baby, my toddler, and for a considerable stretch, my mother, to the Fringe this year. What’s not to be excited about?
TF: Don’t Mention It, certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise? And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I’m a stand up, standing against the zeitgeist for oversharing. The stiff upper lip has been swept away by a tide of trembling trout pouts. I make an emotional appeal for stoicism. My message is repress, repress, repress. Stop talking about yourselves. Talk about me.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer first-time performers?
I’ll watch a lot of comedy: Hate ‘N’ Live, Candy Gigi Markham, Laura Davis, Luke McQueen, Danny Ward, Lou Sanders. Musts? Come and see my show of course. As for advice, well, I would say write more, drink less, and don’t get involved romantically with anyone you work with – but why would I want to ruin someone’s first Festival?
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Don’t Mention It?
I want to shut down Instagram itself before I’m forced to learn to take a selfie. More ambitiously, I hope my mother’s still speaking to me.
You can see Don’t Mention It at Monkey Barrel Comedy until 25th August at 16:00. For tickets, go to https://tickets.edfringe.com/