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, Iain F M Smith and Jacqueline Haigh tell us about their comedy double-bill MY FINEST HOUR/ GODDESS which they’ll be performing at Komedia Studio.
Describe your show in one sentence?
Comedy Storytelling Double Bill about Iain’s struggle to live up to his James Bond-like, Scottish war hero grandfather and Jacqueline’s experiences working as a receptionist in a Tantric Massage parlour.
Why Brighton Fringe?
Brighton Fringe has a fantastic reputation for comedy and an open-minded, sexually exploratory audience who would enjoy a peek behind the velvet curtain of the Tantric Massage parlour!
How did the show get to where it is today?
Goddess premiered at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2018 to sold out shows and great reviews;
“well written and conveyed…great characters…Haigh brings colour and vitality… heartwarming”
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The show will now tour to Bath Comedy Festival and Brighton Fringe, before returning to Edinburgh Fringe, 2019.
My Finest Hour appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe, 2018, and will be returning in 2019 to PQA venue on the Royal Mile, just metres away from Edinburgh Castle, where Iain’s grandfather’s painting still hangs.
“Very funny…a charming and engaging storyteller. Highly recommended.” Blythe Crawford
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
My Finest Hour and Goddess are comedy storytelling shows, telling extraordinary tales rather than simply jokes, so they offer something different to the classic stand up shows. It’s also a Double Bill so you get two shows for the price of one!
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
Comic Boom presented by Komedia & Jill Edwards Comedy Workshops. Iain FM Smith trained with Jill Edwards back in 2011 and she has a great eye for new talent. This year’s show at the Brighton Fringe is headlined by the brilliant comedian Jayde Adams, who never disappoints.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
During all the stress and the chaos, don’t forget to enjoy yourself and remember why you started performing in the first place!
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.
Iain FM Smith and Jacqueline Haigh met flyering for their shows at Edinburgh Festival, 2018, where their rival comedy storytelling shows were on at the same time. Now a couple, they have come together to present a “his and hers” double bill for the first time at Brighton Fringe!
MY FINEST HOUR/ GODDESS runs at Brighton Fringe on 5 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Joolz Barker