Show: Kylie Brakeman: Linda Hollywood’s Big Hollywood Night Venue Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose Time: 7pm Dates: 3rd to 28th August (not 17th) Photographer: Arin Sang
Hi Kylie, tell me about your 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, Linda Hollywood’s Big Hollywood Night.
Linda Hollywood’s Big Hollywood Night started out as a one-minute comedy sketch that I posted online during the pandemic about a highly strung agent taking calls as she drives down Sunset Blvd. And now she’s live! Linda Hollywood’s Big Hollywood Night is a comedy character show with a loose narrative arc. It follows Linda as she guides the audience through a masterclass on how to make it in Hollywood, while trying to work through her own career setbacks to sign her dream client. We meet a lot of other characters from her life along the way.
This is your debut in Edinburgh! What have you heard about the city? What are your expectations of the Fringe?
I got to go to Fringe in 2019 for 36 hours, and even for such a short time it was such an exciting place so I truly can’t wait. I hope to see a lot of weird and cool theatre that I can’t find in Los Angeles, especially circus stuff. I’m also so excited to be in a place that has so much history. The thing I look forward to every single day is finally having a sausage roll again. I’m begging America to start doing sausage rolls.
How close to Kylie Brakeman is Linda Hollywood?
Linda Hollywood is basically a cartoon character that’s an amalgamation of every Hollywood stereotype you can think of. She’s an imitation of everyone and no one, so I have a lot of freedom of where to go with her. I feel very close to Linda whenever I take a meeting in real life, because in those situations I always feel like I’m playing a character of “person who goes on meetings” and I just start regurgitating weird business phrases I’ve heard other people say. So, bringing that into Linda is very cathartic because it puts everything into perspective, we’re all acting like cartoon characters all the time.
You emerged as one of the COVID pandemic’s most popular online comedians, with over 60 million views and 450k followers across your social platforms. Tell me about that.
It’s been a whirlwind and so great and I’ve gotten a lot of new opportunities that are very cool. It’s also insane to exist online as a person with a fairly large presence because I have to stray away from posting opinions. One time I tweeted about how I didn’t like a certain kind of lettuce and I got some very angry replies. Every day is a new adventure, and I never know what my DM’s will look like. It’s like a hall of mirrors I can’t look away from.
Finally, ask and answer a question of your own.
Kylie Brakeman, what’s your favorite kind of bug?
Thank you so much for asking. It is a bee.