Edinburgh Preview: Chris Davis / by Declan Maloney Drummond

What's your show about?

I have two shows this year. One-Man Apocalypse Now - a hilarious and dark adaptation of the war film performed in under 60 minutes AND The Last Emperor of Mexico - a historical comedy about Maximilian I.

Have you been to Edinburgh before?

This is my 4th year at the Edinburgh Fringe. My first year I brought a show called Drunk Lion to Free Fringe, second year I brought Bortle 8 & Violence of the Lambs, and last year a stand-up comedy called Chinchilla Coats.


What's the process of bringing a show to Edinburgh like?

I feel like I haven't stopped working on Edinburgh since the moment I left last year. It's a year-long process, which includes developing the show, endless anxiety over making the numerous deadlines to participate in edfringe, finding a flat, finding a venue, finding everything. It's a little more complicated when you are in the U.S., but not by too much. I like to bring a show that has been through a lot of development and is reaching it's full maturation. I have tried the latter, and brought a show to develop in Edinburgh Fringe. I did that last year and it was just much harder, I was changing the ending / beginning every day. I think on the 20th day I figured out the show and by then I had 5 left. This year, I've performed both of my shows about 30-40 times throughout the U.S.

What do you plan to do with any free time you have during the Fringe?

I just try and see as many shows as I can. All the time. I also love to hang out in the meadows and have lunch. I will hike Arthur's Seat at least two times. I will flyer way too much probably 3-4 hours a day. And just enjoy the atmosphere of the festival as a whole.