Kieran Hodgson brings four shows to the Edinburgh Fringe this year, he took part in a Q and A with us to tell us more.
Interview by Amie Taylor
AT: Tell us a little about you as an artist and how you came to do what you do…
KH: I’m a fella with a lot of hobbies and a good memory for what people said to me at school. In recent years I have learned to combine those into an hour on stage recounting conversations from school while demonstrating a hobby. If you have any hobbies you can recommend then I would be very grateful, as I’ve nearly run out and I may start having to do shows about real things and ’emotions’, which I’m not sure I could cope with.
AT: Tell us about your show, what is it about…
KH: I’m bringing four shows to the Edinburgh Fringe this year, ‘hits’ from previous years that I’m giving a run-out so they don’t get too dusty and so that people don’t think I’m dead or anything. There’s one about when I went on a French Exchange, called ‘French Exchange’, one about my teenage love of cycling and of people who would go on to let me down, called ‘Lance’, one about classical music and being pretentious called ‘Maestro’, and one about the endless drama of the UK’s relationship with Europe, called ”75′. It’s a big old bag of bits and I can’t wait to get them all confused in my head.
AT: What inspired it?
KH: It seemed like a nice challenge, to see if I could do a different show every night and to see if doing them all back-to-back would make me see links between them or things that I ought to change, now having a few more years’ perspective. Mostly I’ve just found that I repeat the same jokes over and over and over again.
AT: What do you hope people will take away from watching?
KH: I hope people will feel that it’s high time I did a new show, and clamour for one, so that I get some good motivation/pressure to come back next year.
AT: Describe the show in 6 words…
KH: French Exchange Lance Maestro Seventy-Five
AT: How are you feeling about embarking upon the Edinburgh Fringe? What are you hoping for?
KH: Edinburgh is a wonderful place to be and it is a great privilege to be able to participate in the world’s biggest arts festival, where year after year audiences help support new artists in finding their voice and finding their feet. It stresses us all out going there but it remains a guiding star in the comedy sky and I hope to be able to return there for many years yet before people’s patience runs out.
’75 Pleasance Courtyard, 18:30, Book Now
French Exchange, Pleasance Courtyard, 18:30, Book Now
Lance, Pleasance Courtyard, 18:30, Book Now
Maestro, Pleasance Courtyard, 18:30, Book Now
(Check booking links for specific dates)