We caught up with Pete Firman to see how the Edinburgh Fringe is treating him this year and to chat about his new show, “Trickster”.
CM: Hey Pete, thanks for joining us today, how are you?
PF: Very well thank you.
CM: You’re a few days into your run at the Edinburgh Festival with your show “Trickster”, how is it going?
PF: I’m really enjoying it, I’m just starting to find a rhythm with the show. The audiences have been absolutely lovely.
CM: What can we expect from “Trickster”?
PF: Well… jokes, tricks, me… Its an hour of new material and I’m not going to tell you exactly whats in it as it would spoil all the surprises. I’d like to think everyone leaves baffled having had a great time.
CM: Your shows often contain a wide variety of tricks, from big stunt pieces, card tricks, close up magic to mind reading, have you got a favourite type of trick that is close to your heart?
PF: I really enjoy anything where people are on stage with me. That can evoke all sorts of unexpected moments and wonderful things happen that I could never have written.
CM: You’re a regular at the Fringe, bringing new shows every year to the festival, what keeps you coming back every year?
PF: I just love it. I love the festival, I love the process of writing and developing a new show. I’m a comedy performer, I have to be here.
CM: How does it differ between performing your show at Edinburgh to then taking it on the road across the country?
PF: Well in Edinburgh I have to be mindful of the short amount of time to get in and out of the venue, with the continuous run of shows going on. On the road the show has some more complex staging. Also here, I’m working to 55/60 minutes, on tour I’m doing a longer show. Those are the main differences.
CM: During your run at the Fringe, will there be any shows you will be wanting to go and check out?
PF: I’ve not looked at the brochure yet. It takes me a long time for me to get into the swing of a festival. I’ll keep my ear to the ground and see stuff later in the month.
CM: As you’ve performed at the Fringe many times and your show contains lots of audience interaction, what is the craziest/funniest thing that has happened?
PF: I suppose nothing beats the lady storming the stage after I’d apparently blended a mouse in a food processor. She was livid. I don’t think she realised it was a trick. I didn’t help things by saying, “Don’t worry, they only cost 3 quid”.
You can see “Pete Firman: Trickster” at the Pleasance Courtyard at 20:00 (21:00) ’till the August 24th. Tickets can be purchased here.