Interview with Caroline Mabey

Caroline Mabey takes some time to talk to Voice about the show, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Interview with Caroline Mabey

Could you first introduce yourself to the reader?

Oh hello, I didn't see you there. I'm Caroline. I'm the stand-up comedian who comes on wearing flip flops (March-November only).

How would you describe your show?

Nearly finished!

Why do you want to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

Edinburgh calls to me with her Siren song, luring me to my inevitable destruction.

What differentiates it from other festivals?

The rain.

Do you think the Fringe has changed over the years? If so, how? Are these changes positive or negative?

It just keeps getting bigger and more shiny and corporate, which I don't like (negative). But then there are the counter currents that surge up like Free Fringe, Pay What You Want and Heroes which has venues that still smell like venues did in 1993, the first year I visited the fringe (positive).

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

Oh, I don't like the fact that you just called it an industry. I mean I consider myself to be pretty industrious but the "industry" aspect of the fringe threatens to ruin the fun and magic. I was and still am inspired by Simon Munnery, Ian Cognito, Phil Kay. Industrialise them!

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

I'd probably be crying.

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?

Town cryer.

What is your earliest childhood art memory?

When I was about 3, I vividly remember Paul Hughes and Bibby Lofts poking a rabbit with a stick until it died. This was pre-Damien Hirst.

Do you ever feel any pressure to be a social commentator, or constantly update material to respond to events?

No. Events need to constantly update themselves to keep up with ME.

Equally, do you think there has been a shift in public sentiment that has affected your work?

I remain steadfast.

Describe the last year in 5 words or less?

Two Thousand and Sixteen- Seventeen.

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

Richard O'Sullivan as Dick Turpin. Because: Hot Stuff.

Why would a performer opt to do either a ticketed event or participate in the free fringe? What are the benefits and limitations of both?

I'm doing both. Hedging my bets. Buying a ticket gives people a chance to invest in a show. Sometimes a free thing is hard to sell, because it appears to have no value. But a Free show also offers the possibility of taking a punt on an unknown quantity and discovering an unexpected delight.

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

Get out of my way.

When and where can people see your show?

  • Caroline Mabey: Quetzals at 7.40pm, Just The Tonic – Just the Spare Room @ The Caves (Venue 88), 3rd to 27th August 2017 (not 14th) (Pay What You Want)
  • Michael Legge & Caroline Mabey are Two Stupids at 3.45pm, Laughing Horse @Free Sisters, Gothic Room, (Venue 272), 16th to 27th August (Free unticketed)

And where can people find, follow and like you online? | FB CarolineMabeyComedian | T @CarolineMabey

Caroline Mabey: Quetzals is performing at Just the Tonic at The Caves at 19:40 on 3rd – 27th August (not 14th).

Michael Legge & Caroline Mabey are Two Stupids is performing at Laughing Horse @ Free Sisters at 15:45 on 16th – 27th August.

For tickets and more information visit the Ed Fringe website.


Tom Inniss

Tom Inniss Voice Team

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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