Show: Horrigan & Howell: A Sketch Too Far Venue: theSpace @ Surgeon’s Hall Time: 6:15pm Dates: 22nd-27th August Photographer: Georgia Bradley
Liam Horrigan and Matthew Howell – tell me about your 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show.
Liam: It’s a fast-paced sketch show that encompasses the dark, the bizarre, the horrid and the stupid, and we make lots of jibes about British society. It was nominated for an Off West End award when it was on at the Camden Fringe last year, so we can’t wait to bring it to Edinburgh.
Tell me about your previous Edinburgh experiences, or if it’s your first time, tell me about your expectations.
Liam: Honestly, I’d never heard of it. When we were out at the pub, Matt would say ‘we should go to Edinburgh’ and I was just like ‘yeah mate, let’s go if you want’ thinking it was some bar. I thought he was nervous about going or something because it’d never materialize after he suggested it and when there was a dip in conversation, or we’d finish our drinks I’d say “well, shall we go to Edinburgh then or not?” and he’d be really keen “yeah mate, let’s definitely go, it’ll be so good” and then just keep sitting there. It was really frustrating. Eventually I got the drift and put in an application at the fringe. Unfortunately, it turns out Matt did just mean the Elephant’s Head in Camden; he just didn’t know how to get there. Now we have to sell 400 tickets. It’s a fucking nightmare.
Who inspires you?
Liam: I’ve always admired Senator Palpatine. He was an inspiration for so many, and really took an interest in championing and supporting talented young people.
Matt: It has to be Nadine Dorries for me. I love her commitment when it comes to sustaining a joke.
How hard was it to get back on stage after the pandemic lockdown?
Liam: It was a nightmare. I think over the pando they must have added another metre to each stage because I used to be able to jump and climb right back up onto stage from the stalls, but now it’s just so difficult. Maybe it’s all the crisps.
Matt: For me personally, it’s been easy because all of the work I’ve done post-pandemic has been in pub theatres that don’t have a physical stage.
Finally, ask and answer a question of your own.
Liam: How much have you enjoyed producing your own work?
Liam: I just want to go to bed.
Matt: What makes you such a brilliant comedic actor?
Matt: Knowing how to ask the right questions.
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