Interview with comedian Morgan Rees

Morgan speaks to us about taking a show up to Edinburgh, the importance of balancing your passion with financial security, and how Covid helped him reevaluate his work/life balance.

Interview with comedian Morgan Rees

How would you describe your show?

The show is a story of coming out, modern day masculinity, and challenging the stigma of non-nuclear family set-ups. LOL, it's mainly jokes about bumming. I have been a club comedian for 4 years, and this show is a collection of my best material set to the story of me accepting my queerness

Why do you want to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

Because the idea of owning a house one day disgusts me. I had this money in the bank doing nothing but being interested. So I thought i’d take all out, and spend it on one poster :)

What differentiates it from other festivals?

The sheer density and community spirit. The history of the festival rings throughout the streets, and it like a big a kids party.

What first motivated you to enter the industry? Who were your inspirations?

I would love to have a deep and meaningful answer, something that suggests extensive self-reflection, but I just like a laugh. And rumour has it, comedy has loads of it. 

How has your background, upbringing and education had an impact on your artistic career?

Pretty typical upbringing, working class family, state school and no one I knew worked in industry. Hence why I didn’t know it was a viable career until i was in my mid-20s. However, my grandfather was a studio musician, a phenomenal pianist. It was him that taught me the importance of consistency and passion when developing your skill in art. 

What is your earliest childhood art memory?

My mother was once an aspiring artist, and I remember her teaching me how to shade as a child. 

If you didn’t have your current job, what would you probably be doing?

I still have a day job. Using my mathematics masters, I work in data science and account management. I provide software solutions to safeguarding bodies. I’m doing well in comedy, but it's too erratic to feel comfortable being full-time

Did Covid-19 change the way you create work? Do you approach shows with a different mentality now?

Yes, Covid made me realise that I was on the brink of a burn out, had been for years. The pandemic has encouraged me to actually do less shows, and live a life. I am an anecdotal comedian and how can I be when i’ve got no stories to tell

Describe the last year in 5 words or less?

I need a bigger bedroom

Do you subscribe to the idea that art should be exempt from ‘cancel culture’?

No, and I don’t entertain the idea of ‘cancel culture’. If you’re doing a tour to thousands of people about being canceled, you’re not. 

Are there cases of knee-jerk overactions and people being oversensitive? Yes. But they are far outweighed by people being heavy handed, ignorant and offensive. The issue isn’t people being more sensitive, it’s people panicking about being more accountable

If you could work with anybody, from any point in history, who would you pick and why?

Dave Allen. I’d love a drink and laugh, and he seems the God of that

What advice would you give to someone who wants to take a show up to the fringe?

Do not risk your financial stability to take a show up. As amazing an experience the Fringe it, it’s not “I don’t know how i’m going to pay rent this month” good. Be prepared, be smart and more importantly, have fun

When and where can people see your show?

Pleasance Bunker One at 18:15 EVERYDAY

And where can people find, follow and like you online?

MorganTheRees on Instgram and Twitter
MorganReesComedy on TikTok


Morgan Rees debut stand up show ‘Bi and Large’ will be at the Pleasance Courtyard Bunker One at 6.10pm for the month of August for tickets go to www.edfringe.com

Header Image Credit: Steve Ullathorne

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Tom Inniss

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Tom is the Editor of Voice. He is a politics graduate and holds a masters in journalism, with particular interest in youth political engagement and technology. He is also a mentor to our Voice Contributors, and champions our festivals programme, including the reporter team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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