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Eight Steps Q&A: Eric Lampaert

By | Published on Sunday 28 July 2019

Comedian Eric Lampaert offers some tips on how to get the most from the Edinburgh Festival, in eight steps…

1: Beyond posters and reviews, how do you suggest people pick shows to see at this year’s Fringe?
Take risks. Playing safe is boring. That’s what the large majority of people do with the rest of their life, so don’t do it at a festival. Get weird and challenge yourself to try new flavours.

2: What tips have you got for people trying to see as many shows as possible in one day – how can you power through?
Schedules are useful, but allow room for improvising in case you’re intrigued by a different show. You didn’t come to the festival to sleep, so wake early, exercise, eat well and you should have plenty of energy to get you going all day. I’m not your Dad, you know what’s best for you.

3: When people are reaching peak Fringe, what tips do you have for chilling out during the Festival?
Marijuana is available in all shady backstreets of the Festival.

4: What things do you think should be on every Fringe-goers Edinburgh Festival bucket list?
Something new. A totally random experience that you force yourself to enjoy. So even if it’s crap, you make yourself enjoy the moment.

5: Beyond the flyer, what tips have you got for performers trying to get people into their shows?
A gun.

6: The Fringe can be great for finding a new audience. What tips would you have for staying connected with that new audience beyond Edinburgh?
Social media is the real answer. But a tandem ride on the back of a tiger will forever be seared in your mind and create an unbreakable connection.

7: Performing at the Fringe is partly about building a network. What tips have you got for people looking to make connections in the industry?
Slap the most important person at the fringe in the face. They’ll definitely remember you.

8: How would you recommend performers stay healthy during all the Fringe madness?
Eat, exercise, wank, wash, sleep, repeat.

Eric Lampaert performed ‘Borne Of Chaos’ at Laughing Horse @ The Counting House at Edinburgh Festival 2019.

Photo: Troy Conrad