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A 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Interview with Mat Reed

15 Jun

Words by Susan Ford

Mat Reed brings his first hour long show ‘Stalked’ to the Edinburgh Festival this year as part of Just the Tonic at The Mash House.

Mat Reed

Mat Reed

A natural performer, and a very funny man, Mat Reed pushes his story-telling skills to the forefront of his new show, as he relays the tale of four terrifying years of being stalked.  The stories will have you on the edge of your seat in fear, but also laughing heartily as Mat lightens the mood beautifully throughout his set with comedy.  As Mat prepares for a month in Edinburgh, I caught up with him to see how he is getting on.

Hello Mat, how are you?
I’m fine, as well as a comic can be mentally I suppose! You know – anxiety, crippling self doubt, fake persona to compensate real life shortcomings, the usual… I’m skint as how I am usually.

Are you excited about performing at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival?
I wasn’t, you know I felt like it was something you had to do really. But this year I feel I have an actual show, a solid hour of entertainment, and also it’s personal to me so I’m quite proud of it. That’s an exciting prospect.

How many times have you performed at the festival before?
I’ve done it all the way through once before with some lovely folk. It was a showcase show that I compered; I was on with my now best friend Benny boot, a brilliant Aussie comic, and Sarah Millican was on too. It was a lot of fun, and it was just having a gig every night as opposed to doing an hours show. And apart from Benny, I met some life long friends.

Without giving too much away, what is your 2015 show about?
Well, my show is titled ‘Stalked’, so there’s not much mystery as to the content. I had a horrendous four year long episode of being stalked and it was bizarre terrifying and crazy times ten plus a million, so I decided that I’d weave some good from a bad situation.

What can the Edinburgh audience expect from your show?.
Well I hope the laughs are plentiful because the drama and tension in this story do need balancing out. So far preview audiences have said they were on the edge of their seat a lot, then laughing, then tense again, so it’s a thrill ride I suppose, but one to enjoy.

What do your preparations for the Festival involve?
Saving, saving and a bit of crying about how much you could spend the money you’re spending on accommodation on other things, but mainly getting everything in order so it flows and there’s no lulls for an hour.

What does the Edinburgh Festival mean to you?
It means working towards doing the job I love, for a wider audience. Anything else is a bonus. I love, love comedy and couldn’t imagine not doing it. I go insane if I don’t gig for a week – I’m a mess and I haven’t had a holiday in 9 years!

Other than your show “Stalked”, will you be taking part in any other shows?
I hope to, yes. I have been signed up to a few by my agent who wants my name far and wide across the Edfringe board. I want to do as much as possible; it’s more or less a boot camp and I want to train my funny muscles.

What other acts do you recommend we catch during the festival?
My top recommendation is Gav Webster – always a class act. There’s loads of others – Funz and Games Tooz will be great, and my friends Rich Wilson, Eddie Brimson, Keith Carter and James Dowdeswell are always worth anyone’s time. But I’m also looking forward to doing Lee Kyles Hinge show, it’s hilarious.

Catch Mat Reed’s Stalked at Just the Tonic @ The Mash House Aug 4-17, 18-30.

Follow Mat on twitter @reed_mat

Edinburgh Fringe Interview: Lloyd Langford

22 Aug

Words by Susan Fordlloydlangford

Lloyd Langford’s show ‘Galoot’ is a glorious 60 minutes of comedy (see my full review here). I was lucky enough to catch up with Lloyd before the festival finishes, to discuss his 2013 Fringe show.

SF: Hello Lloyd Langford, how is the festival going?
LL: I’m really enjoying it, I’m living on my own for the first time which is nice, and I’m enjoying the show, I really like my show. I’m only about a five minute walk to the venue, so I’m happy. I bumped in to another comedian today who told me it was all going to end too soon, I couldn’t believe that, I said don’t tell anyone that because no one else is thinking it!

SF: Cool, how are the shows going?
LL: like I say, I’m really enjoying doing the show, I’ve had a couple of nights off which I think helps to just break the festival up a bit and get to see some other shows that have been on the same time. I’ve been doing a lot of extra shows as well, like Late ‘n’ Live and Best of the Fest, Comedy Countdown, just to mix it up a bit.

SF: Your show is called ‘Galoot’, whats it all about?
LL: It’s kind of about trying to be more of an idiot, in sort of every day life.

SF: And where do you get your ideas from for the show?
LL: Well it’s a mix of things; there are anecdotal things, stuff that’s happened to me. And then there are observations, and a bunch of ideas from the previews from the past three months moulded in to a show.

SF: As you said, the festival is nearing the end, what has been your highlight?
LL: Oh that’s a good question. I really enjoyed Bridget Christie’s show, it’s on very early at 11am and took a while for my body clock to adjust, but in terms of standup I think its the best 60 minutes I’ve seen.

SF: What has been the highlight of your own show?
LL: I think it’s just nice to do a show and get positive feedback. I did a show yesterday and when I was leaving the venue someone came up to me and thanked me for putting the show on, it’s really nice when your caught off-guard almost and when someone comes up and gives you a compliment.

SF: Other than Bridget Christie, is there anyone else you’ve seen who you would recommend?
LL: Yes I’ve seen loads of cool stuff. I really liked Nadia Kamil, and Alex Horne’s show. I also really liked Nick Helm and Bobby Mair. I usually mainly see comedy but I have see a couple of plays which I enjoyed.

SF: This is obviously not your first year at the Fringe, what has been different this time around?
LL: This is my 5th solo show and my 11th year coming to Edinburgh in August, I really know my way about now! The main difference is the weather! Less rain, bit better. I think there has been a lot more public interest this year in female comics, which can only be a good thing. There are a lot of excellent shows put on by female performers and journalism about females in comedy has really improved. You think it wouldn’t be an issue in 2013 but I think the variety of comedians getting championed by the press is really cool.

SF: What is next after the festival finishes?
LL: I’m doing a sketch show in the Autumn for Radio Wales, I can’t wait for that. And I’ll be gigging more, it’ll be pretty busy.

There are only 4 days left to catch ‘Galoot’ by Lloyd Langford, get your tickets in early!

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