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Having visited the Adelaide Fringe last year, Andrew Silverwood is back with not one, but two shows - Late Night: Game Show and Andrew Silverwood is "a Self Absorbed Tw*t".
As part of an Adelaide Fringe-arranged media meet up with the various artists who are performing at the festival, I had the opportunity to have a chat with Andrew ("Andy") and Jamie Mykaela, who did an exceptional job in capturing my attention and agreed to an e-interview. While there hasn't been a chance to check out these shows yet, it is important to appreciate the story behind the concept of the shows that Andy has created and brought for our entertainment during the Adelaide Fringe festival:
Who are the faces behind your shows? Ola, je suis Andrew Silverwood (which is French and Spanish for "Hello, my name is Andrew Silverwood"). I am a British Comedian on my second tour of Australia (you might have seen me last year at "My First Ten Sexual Failures") I'm just another British comedian with an award at Stockholm Fringe and three award shortlists in the last year to my name, your standard type.
I'm the face behind Andrew Silverwood is "a Self Absorbed Tw*t" (obviously) at Tuxedo Cat, and I run the [Late Night] Game Show at Gluttony on a Friday and Saturday night.
I'm also on tour here with Jamie Mykaela, she's a bloody funny Aussie girl. She opens Self Absorbed for me and is my scorekeeper in the Game Show.
Tell us how you came up with the concept for your shows? Self Absorbed is my new stand up show. It's actually a direct quote from my Great Scott review in Adelaide last year. It looks at my life on tour as well as touching on the funny side of wheelchairs, family funerals and buying condoms over the counter.
[Late Night] Game Show is my "f*ck it" show. We're all performers, all of us. The way we behave when we are on our own is very different to our public personas, so I've decided a violent, drunken, anarchic, messy and hilarious series of challenges to make a new comedian each night come out of their show and reveal the real them. In the last month, we've had whole audience pie fights, we've walked on broken glass, french kissed burlesque dancers, played with mouse traps and got all smashed up in Glitter. To be fair, in Adelaide we'll probably do all of the above, or none of it.
Is this your first time at the Adelaide Fringe? What do you think about it so far? Oh, I was here last year. It's where we got the name of the show. I love Adelaide, it is the only city in the world where I've been heckled by a man carrying a live chicken.
What is your target audience (not kids, I'm assuming)? PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR KIDS TO MY SHOWS! THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS WHEN THEY WALK OUT DURING MY TOP THREE EMBARRASSING SEX STORIES SECTION. Also, my child walk out numbers are already unbelievably high.
How did you get involved with the Adelaide Fringe? I met Greg, who used to be the director of the festival in a bar in Prague in 2012, he was so supportive of getting us to Australia because he really thought you guys would get the stories I tell and the shows I make. He was right and three years later we had a great run of sell out shows in Adelaide.
Where else have you taken your shows? Where do I start? GameShow won Expect the Unexpected Award at Stockholm Fringe in 2014. Self Absorbed got me shortlisted for Most Provocative Award at Gothenburg Fringe. My work has also sold out around the UK, Sweden and Czech Republic and I've done shows at Soho Theatre (UK), Battersea Arts Centre (UK), York Theatre Royal (UK), Kulturhuset - House of Culture (Stockholm), State Theatre (Gothenburg), Noodle Palace (Perth), Prague Fringe, Stockholm Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Barnstaple Fringe, Wandsworth Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton fringe, Fringe World Perth, and when I leave Adelaide, I'll go straight to Newcastle Fringe and then back to the UK via Ireland for Limerick Fringe. I practically live out of my suitcase.
Promotional Photo: Game Show (Photo courtesy: Andrew Silverwood // Adelaide Fringe)
As a first-time attendee, what should your audience expect from the shows? Game Show will either be the best thing you see at Fringe, or the worst, but it'll never be average. Expect to get involved, to push your boundaries and to see a pretty established set of comedians pushing theirs. Expect to laugh, maybe cry and maybe feel a little bit sick. This show could go any and every way.
For Self Absorbed, you can expect a seat in the new gorgeous Tuxedo Cat building on Franklin Street, where you'll get the best and most offensive stories of the last year of my life. It's not a show for the easily offended but we have a lot of fun. It also helps that I have one of the funniest opening acts on the circuit and I just spent $45 on a scooter which I need to incorporate into the show (for tax purposes).
Where did you gain the inspiration to come up with creating a the content of your shows // performing in front of an audience? I get my inspiration for Game Show from my insane imagination. It's just the show where my little noggin goes mental and we just try and make whatever I imagine that week. When we run short of ideas, I go to the Reject Shop and spend $20 on as many dangerous looking props as I can find.
Self Absorbed comes from myself. It's hard to believe that anyone with a nose the size of mine has a happy and healthy sex life to talk about on stage, but there you go. I get to be inspired by my family (my brother works for a tobacco company -evil, and my dad designs supercomputers which I think he loves more than me, so they're hilariously inspirational)
Why should people come and watch your shows?
So I can sell out and call my mum to tell her she was wrong and I have a real job and it doesn't f*cking matter if Phil is a Lawyer or if my cousin is a manager of an entire supermarket because my career choices are successful and valid and EVERYTHING IS F*CKING FINE THANKS FOR ASKING.
Is there anything else you'd like to readers to know about your shows?
No, but if anyone could arrange for me to A) touch a Koala or B) Swim with a Dolphin, I'd love them to contact me here.