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Call Me Janice x Adelaide Fringe - Interview

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If you've been frolicking around in the Fringe realm for the past couple of years, that you must have, undoubtedly, at some point, been blessed by the presence of London-based stand-up comedian and showstopper Andrew Silverwood. Not one to shy away from his larger-than-life personality, Silverwood is always ready for a chat and a laugh and has a penchant for life that is not only admirable but also borderline envious. Simply put, you just can't have a bad time when you're in Silverwood's company!

So, if you haven't had a chance to experience his show(s), then you're in luck because Silverwood will be bringing his regular Gluttony favourite - [Late Night] Panel Show - and his brand new show - Call Me Janice - to this year's Adelaide Fringe line-up.

In anticipation of his upcoming participation at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, I did a short and sweet e-interview with Silverwood to follow up on how the new show came about - have a read of our exchange below:

Tema: Hello again, Andrew! How have you been since we last spoke?
Andrew: I'm looking for an ambiguous answer to this question - if I don't find one by the time you go to publish this, please include this exact sentence, the one above, about looking for an ambiguous answer, including the bit about including this sentence.

Tema: What have you been up to in the past year, since last visiting us as part of Adelaide Fringe in 2019?
Andrew: Well, you know me - life just keeps on rolling! Career-wise, I've been working a lot, where I host weekly gigs around London Town. I've also had a month in Edinburgh and some smaller tours around the UK. I actually got to go and do a hometown gig at Easter, which was a really weird place to debut such an honest sort of show. I also found some time between gigs in Brighton in December to go hat shopping, so lookout for a pretty peng selection of headwear on me at Adelaide Fringe 2020!

Tema: Would you like to tell us a bit about your brand new show Call Me Janice, which sounds as intriguing as it looks from your official poster (who took that shot, by the way?)?
Andrew: Cute shot, innit. Against a wall by some [just out of shot] trash cans opposite the gates of Gluttony.

Photography by Fatema Sitabkhan

Tema: How did you decide on the concept of your show?
Andrew: The show is like a lot of my others - I went on a little journey to find myself and on the way, I found some lovely people, some great stories, and a couple of tabs of dog-grade ketamine.

Tema: Is this a show that will be performed by you solo or will you have guest performers alongside you?
Andrew: It's my show. Me, for an hour, not including the pre-show where I'm on-stage with the audience. I found in Edinburgh that the audiences at my shows were so rowdy that an hour wasn't enough to do the normal audience chatter, so I started opening the doors to my venue 20 minutes early and chatted to everyone as they came in.

Sourced from the Adelaide Fringe website

Tema: What are you hoping for your show to resonate with your audience?
Andrew: If you've ever been on a date to a concentration camp, you'll relate to this show. If you haven't, you'll be glad you don't relate to it.

Tema: As a returning Adelaide Fringe performer, what are you anticipating from this year's visit?
Andrew: This year gonna be LIT! My production team told me that my solo show tickets are already selling, and it's the World Fringe Congress, so Adelaide is going to be buzzing more than ever. I'm also hosting my Late Night Panel Show every single weekend in Gluttony, and they're always a bit anarchistic, a bit rowdy and a lot of fun. This year, I'm really lucky to be joined on-stage by some of my favourite comedians from Australia, the UK, and around the world.

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Photo supplied by Fragility Inc

Tema: When you're not out gigging, what does a day in the life of Andrew typically look like?
Andrew: I spend a lot of time in my underwear paying too much attention to cartoons on Netflix that no one else has ever heard of that is almost definitely written for children. Someone told me recently that my "real" life isn't very on brand with me, which basically answers that question without even giving an answer.

Photography by Fatema Sitabkhan

Andrew will be performing his show Call Me Janice from February 15 - March 1, 2020 at Gluttony, as part of Adelaide Fringe. Book your tix here.

You can also catch his other show [Late Night] Panel Show every weekend from February 14 - March 14, 2020. Book your tix here.

If you are interested in Silverwood's past works, you can find his interviews and/or reviews below:
Andrew Silverwood is a self absorbed tw*t (interview here, review here)
[Late Night] Game Show (review here)
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When: Adelaide Fringe season (Feb 15 - Mar 1, 2020)
Where: Gluttony, Rymill Park / Mullawirraburka, Corner of East Terrace and Rundle Rd, Adelaide, SA, 5000
Cost: $15 - $20
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by Tema on 24/02/2020
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