Performer: Stacie Burrows Show: Bulletproof Unicorn Venue: Greenside Venue 16 Time: Various – see Tickets Dates: 8th - 27th August (not 14th, 21st) Links: Website Instagram Twitter TikTok
Please tell me about your 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show:
I’m premiering Bulletproof Unicorn as my Fringe debut. It’s a dark comedy based on actual events that happened last summer. I went to Texas to visit my family and ended up hiding in a hotel room while my drunk brother threatened to murder me and my children. It may be my very last laugh, but I’ll surely get it.
What is the attraction of performing at the Edinburgh Fringe? What do you think of Edinburgh?
I’m attracted to performing Bulletproof Unicorn in Edinburgh, mainly, because the odds of getting shot to death there are very slim. America has become a strange blend of God-fearing, yet gun-worshipping people. The thought of a being able to walk amongst crowds without fear of a mass shooting has massive appeal for me.
Other than that, The Fringe has always been on my list of MUST-DO. It’s the absolute gold standard platform for comedians and artists to bring new work and hone it. Even though the thought of doing 18 shows in just three weeks seems daunting, I appreciate knowing that I’ll be amongst other artists doing the same thing and we can lean on each other for support, encouragement, and celebrations!
Who inspires you?
Well, anyone out there that has something to say, that wakes up one day and declares, “THIS IS THE DAY THAT I SHALL SAY THE THING I WANT TO SAY” and then goes about the tedious task of bringing it to life inspires the hell out of me.
Professionally speaking, I like the darkness of Daniel Sloss, Tim Minchin, Bill Hicks, Lenny Bruce, and George Carlin.
I adore the perfection of John Mulaney.
I love the pure joy and total commitment of Catherine Cohen, Bridget Everett, Kate Berlant, and Molly Shannon.
I love the well-rounded-ness (Word? Who knows?) of Hasan Minhaj.
And of course, I worship the unadulterated originality of Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Are there other shows you want to check out during the Fringe? What are they?
Absolutely, here’s my very short* list:
- Atsuko Okatsuka: The Intruder
- Alison Spittle: Wet
- Daniel Sloss
- Gareth Waugh: Doozy
- Garrett Millerick: Just Trying to Help
- Jacqueline Novak: Get on Your Knees
- Janeane Garofalo: Pardon My Tangent
- Jo Caulfield: Here Comes Trouble
- Josie Long: Re-Enchantment
- Lew Fitz: Soft Lad
- Lily Phillips: Smut
- Liz Kingsman: One-Woman Show
- Luke Rollason: Bowerbird
- Mark Watson: This Can’t Be It
- Patti Harrison
- Sarah Sherman
- Tim Key: Mulberry
- Cat Cohen
- Vir Das
- The Queen’s Cartoonists
- Scottish Falsetto Socks: Eurovision Sock Contest
- Kim Kalish: The Funny Thing About Death
- Baby Wants Candy
- Runaway Princess
Finally, ask and answer a question of your own:
What’s the thing you’ll miss most back home while you’re performing for the month of August?
I will miss my three dogs: Callie, the incontinent Goldendoodle, Buxley, the suspicious Terrier-Poodle, and Boetsie, the incorrigible Large Schnauzer/German Shephard mix 60-pound puppy.