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, Mr Tom tells us about their show Mr Thing which they’ll be performing at the Komedia.
Describe your show in one sentence?
The chaotic comedy chat show thing.
Why Brighton Fringe?
The spirit of Brighton Fringe is what makes it so special. We love sharing and discovering new Things and Brighton Fringe attracts the best!
How did the show get to where it is today?
We began in a pub in North London by inviting people to come and talk about their Things and then play some stupid games with us onstage. Thanks to an incredibly supportive community this has built into a fully fledged, chaotic chat show with house band, puppet barman, interactive multimedia games, songs, sketches and videos. This is thanks to an incredibly supportive community of Things.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
We’re the only show on at Brighton Fringe with an audience-activated ping-pong-firing bum and remote controlled Kevin Bacon.
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
We’ve been dying to get George Egg on the show so can’t wait to catch him and convince him, but we’re also all about discovering new things… so maybe ask us that at the end!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Always leave the audience hanging, even if it means not finishing your
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.
The show’s hosts, Tom and Owen, have been doing this show in their bedroom since they were 5 years old.
Mr Thing runs at Brighton Fringe on 21 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed