Interview with Graham Dickson

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

Interview with Graham Dickson

Could you first introduce yourself to the reader?

My name is Graham Dickson.

How would you describe your show?

It's an absurd and very silly meta-theatre clusterfuck. It's about awful men, ultimately failing.

Why do you want to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

I love it. It's really inspiring. Also, the people who make sitcoms will be there, and I want to wave at them so they know who I am.

What differentiates it from other festivals?

The food and drink. Sitcom producers.

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

I like that there are now more professionals from the comedy industry who develop scripts for sitcoms there. And this is a really good thing.

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

I was first motivated to enter the industry when I realized how much I love sitcoms. My inspirations were the sitcoms I watched and the brave people who made them.

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

I'd probably still be working in a Tapas bar, waiting to clock off, then get back home and clock on to some great, televised situational comedies.

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

Duh? Astronaut.

What is your earliest childhood art memory?

It would have to be painting the cast of Friends. I think Joey was a panther.

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

Never. My work is bracingly out of touch with the zeitgeist. The Friends painting was completed 7 months ago.

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

No. But also, I don't understand this question.

Describe the last year in 5 words or less?

Seattle psychiatrist argues with brother.

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

Genghis Khan. I think he'd bring the 'sit' and I'd bring the 'com'.

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?

Definitely ticketed event. From my experience, producers are deathly afraid (as well they should be) of the environs of the free fringe.

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

Stay the hell away from my TV opportunities.

When and where can people see your show?

It's at 8.10pm at the Iron Belly at Underbelly Cowgate.

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

  • thefreeassociation.co.uk
  • Twitter: @gdogged
  • Instagram: @grahamdickson
  • IMDb message boards for all 90s sitcoms

Graham Dickson is The Narcissist is performing at Underbelly Cowgate at 20:10 on 3rd – 27th August. For tickets and more information visit the Ed Fringe website.

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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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