After an amazing response last year we have once again resurrected our Brighton Bites mini-interviews. These short and snappy Q&As offer an, occasionally witty – often hilarious, insight into the acts strutting, sailing, surfing (insert preferred form of transport here) in to join the line-up of England’s largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe. 2018 was a record-breaking year for the Fringe with over 575,000 people attending the festival; and with 2019 promising to be more inclusive than ever, our Bites aim to give you a taste of what’s in store across the 4,500+ events and performances that are on offer.
Next up, Daniel Nils Roberts tell us about Daniel Nils Roberts: The History of the World in 1 Hour which he’ll be performing at The Warren: Theatre Box.
Describe your show in one sentence?
A mad PowerPoint dash through literally everything that’s ever happened.
Why Brighton Fringe?
I love Brighton! I’ve played here lots of times with my two improv comedy groups Racing Minds and Austentatious, and it’s always a treat. Plus the fish and chips are second to none! This is my first time at Brighton Fringe though, so I’m very excited.
How did the show get to where it is today?
There was an incomprehensible point of density and temperature – a singularity – which underwent an infinitesimally brief inflation to emerge as our universe, expanding faster than light-speed, doubling in size again and again and again, all within the tiniest fraction of a second. It all started from there really.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
Hubris. I’m really setting myself quite the challenge here. Can I possibly cram all of recorded time into an hour? It will also be very fun and silly, by the way though. Don’t come on a specifically academic basis – you might learn a little bit, but it’s mostly incredibly daft.
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
Ooh, there are tonnes of good things popping up. Criminal is an ever enjoyable anarchic improvised murder mystery with some amazing comedians in the rotating cast, and Sophie Duker’s debut hour will be guaranteed to be fiercely funny. Also check out Katie Pritchard’s Hysterical Histories for a more melodic look at the past than I could ever muster, the insanely talented Dragprov Revue for inspired impromptu cabaret, and the eternally delightful Juan Vesuvius for vinyl-clasping calypso clowning. I’m keen to see how Ciaran Dowd follows up his laugh-a-minute Don Rodolfo too!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
The best advice I’ve been given would be to perform everything with intensity. The audience are like dogs (no offence guys). They can smell fear. If you’re not feeling confident they’ll lose all faith. So barrel out there and give it your all! The best advice I can give is to cook your own food! Don’t be tempted to just eat takeaways all the time. You’ll be a greasy mess. Go home and boil some rice or something. Throw together a salad. Although Brighton does have such good fish and chips…
With the theme of this year’s festival being ‘DARE to Discover’, we’d like you to tell us a TRUTH – something about you or the show that fans may not know.
I didn’t like pepper until I was about 20. Love it now though. Eat way too much of it. Wonder if it would go on fish and chips…
Daniel Nils Roberts: The History of the World in 1 Hour runs at Brighton Fringe from 31 May – 2 June 2019. Brighton Fringe continues until 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed