Interview with Huge Davies

"After so many years of coming here as a fan, flyerer, open-mic, accompanying musician and now stand-up comedian, I just feel really proud to be a part of the festival and its legacy."

Interview with Huge Davies

Could you first introduce yourself to the reader?

My name is Huge Davies, I’m a musical comedian performing my first show called ‘The Carpark’ this August. You may have seen me on Comedy Central Live at the Comedy Store

How would you describe your show?

It’s very creative, dark and a lot of fun. I wear a full size-keyboard for the entirety of the show so it’s worth coming just to see if I make it to the end.

Why do you want to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

After so many years of coming here as a fan, flyerer, open-mic, accompanying musician and now stand-up comedian, I just feel really proud to be a part of the festival and its legacy. When I’m up in Edinburgh there’s always a new challenge to be excited about.

What differentiates it from other festivals?

Edinburgh feels like a second home to many comedians, whenever I come back I feel a comfort that I don’t get with many other places. Everyone is here, supporting each other, watching comedy and staying up late...for a month! What a dream! 

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

I used to watch a lot of Bill Bailey with my friends, his shows ‘Bewilderness’ and ‘Part-Troll’ made me really interested in music and how it affects everyone subconsciously.

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

Realistically, teaching, but I’ll say music teacher so you know I’m not a square. 

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

I’d like to run a Blockbuster. That was the only job I ever wanted and I never even got a chance.

What is your earliest childhood art memory?

I drew a big red rocket with my Dad and Mum standing next to it. The proportions are all wrong, so it’s not something that I’m really proud to talk about if I’m honest.

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

As an ethnic minority comedian, I certainly feel a pressure to talk about certain things. I touch upon this briefly in the show, but doing more surreal material means it often has no correlation to what’s happening in society, which can be both freeing and restrictive. 

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

Not really, I think that there are lots of people looking for lots of different types of comedy. As long as I make my comedy fun and original, I’ll find an audience.

Describe the last year in 5 words or less?

Very successful but very tired

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

I’d work with Stan Lee and learn how to draw comic panels. He had such an inventive imagination. Such a rich cast of flawed and interesting characters he created for so many years. Also he seemed really nice, I kind of just want to hand him pencils.

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? 

It depends on what you value as a comedian. Free fringe is great, but often difficult to find a nice room at a good time. Ticketed is great, but it costs extra for a reason. 

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

Do whatever you think will be fun for you. If you’re having fun, so will everyone else.

When and where can people see your show?

My show is on at 8.15pm at Pleasance Courtyard, Bunker 3

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

You can find me at @HugeDavies on twitter


Huge Davies: The Carpark Pleasance Courtyard, Bunker Three, 8:15pm, 31st July – 25th August (not 14th). 

Tickets: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/huge-davies-the-carpark

Header Image Credit: Mark Dawson

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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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