DARKCHATTERS Phil and Legs first came across "The Ginge,
The Geordie and The Geek" in 2009 and were impressed
with what they saw. As a result we have followed them every
year, culminating in the trio receiving nominations for Best
Comedy Show in 2009 and 2010. We shall be seeing them
again in August and we caught up with them during rehearsals
to find out what fun and mayhem they are preparing for this
What can we expect from your show this year?
It’s a brand new hour of truly uplifting silliness, surrealism and 80’s anthems. Like every year it’s a show for everyone. Its sketch comedy that the family, lads/ladettes and royalty can all watch, even the queen! It’s great fun with a surreal twist.
Does it get harder to write a new show every year?
It's always difficult and every year you want to be better but I love creating new characters and coming up with new ideas. It's always difficult and every year you want to be better but I love creating new characters and coming up with new ideas. This year though has been fantastic though as following our commission for a BBC Pilot we've been in a fortunate position to be able to really focus on writing loads of material.
How much does it change from night to night?
Very little. We only tweak it to make it better. We never try out totally new stuff at the festival as everyone who gets a ticket deserves a good show no matter what time of the festival it is.
The festival lasts a long-time. Does it drag or fly by?
Fly by. We've been lucky that our shows have sold out and so its fantastic to perform every day to a full house.
Do you have to pace yourselves?
Only on the baked tatties and the guiness! I'm a fiend for haggis and a coleslaw baked tattie. Show wise its 100% everyday and doing late night shows like Spank! are great fun too.
Do Edinburgh audiences differ from the rest of the country?
Edinburgh audiences are brilliant, if they love a sketch they'll really let themselves go and laugh however if they don't they'll soon tell you with minimal laughter. They know their stuff and are honest which is great.
When was your 1st Edinburgh festival?
Why did you come?
We started the sketch group in 2008 with the goal of doing a full show at Edinburgh in 2009. We had seen a lot of comedy over the recent years that was specific to certain groups of people and we just wanted to try and make everyone laugh and be entertaining.
What did you expect?
It to be very difficult, but hopefully fun. It was kind of leaping into the dark a bit.
How did the reality differ from your expectations?
We had great word of mouth from our show in the first week and we went on to pretty much sell out the month in a 150 seater. So it was quite different but really good. We had a fantastic first Edinburgh.
What is the best/ worst thing about the festival?
Ginge – I absolutely love the baked tattie shops, favourite is with haggis and coleslaw. I don’t however like the hills, knacker me out before a show!
Geordie – I love the festival and the opportunities it gives, almost ten years ago I got a fringe first for my first ever play and that helped me a lot. I hate the temptation of all the great takeaways, dam you salt and sauce!
Geek – I love the baked tattie shop too but I only get a small tattie and a large tuna portion. I hate the erratic rain, I had to wear plastic shopping bags in my shoes last year to waterproof them.
What has changed over the years?
It just seems to be getting bigger and better, our venue Just The Tonic has really come on and is a great place to see some top acts as it was just starting in 2009.
Roughly how many shows do you see each festival?
Probably about 20 maybe more but i think i'll go to even more this year.
What was your favourite/ worst Edinburgh show to watch?
Spank! is my favourite show to watch and be part of and i'll not say my worst.
Who were/ are your comedy heroes(s)?
Big Train, Billy Connolly and Morecambe and Wise
The Caves is a quirky venue. What is the best/ worst thing about it?
The Caves is great its got a fantastic feel about the place and all the staff there are great. The only bad thing is it occasionally gets flooded when its pouring with rain.
What is your favourite place to eat/drink?
Tempting Tattie we go there all the time. Love it with some haggis as i said earlier. Also love the caves bar though for a pint of guiness after the show.
What are you most looking forward to in Edinburgh this year?
Very tough one. I'm going to say 3 hope that's ok...the tatties, performing in the caves again and watching some of the brilliant comedy that's on with a cheeky pint
The Ginge, The Geordie & The Geek are performing from August 2nd
at Just the Tonic at The Caves twice daily at 16:45 & 19:45