Alex Edelman’s first show, Millennial, about very traumatic stock photos and young people, won the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer, the first show by an American to do so since 1997. He is back again this year in Edinburgh with Just For Us, which will be in the Pleasance Courtyard for the month of August.
Alex spoke with The Fountain about his plans for the Fringe, and tips for first-time performers as well as the influence behind his project.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Do I feel excited? This will be my fifth trip to the Fringe but my third hour, and I’m massively looking forward to playing laser tag with Daniel Sloss and screaming at hecklers during 3am gigs.
TF: The show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
It’s an hour of stand-up comedy with a story at it’s core about the person telling it. Which, barring illness, should be me. I went to this meeting of White Nationalists in New York out of curiosity and that’s the centerpiece, I suppose.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
Good question. Conversations with friends about the White Nationalists at the meeting drove the project, and I feel very influenced by all comics who are trying to do new and ambitious stuff at the Festival.
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 really drunk. Everyone else will be getting really drunk. And avoid C-Venues after-hours. It’s a black hole of sex, drugs and alcohol. You’d hate it.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond The Fringe?
Write. Anything and everything.
Alex Edelman: Just For Us, Pleasance Courtyard – Cabaret Bar, 8pm, 4th – 26th August (except 13th)