A Piggy Interview WithPELICAN (Fisk)

Performers: PELICAN - Sam, Jordan and Guy
Photograph by: James Barrett
Show: PELICAN: Fisk
Venue: Bedlam
Promoter: Indie
Online: Box Office Website


Tell me about your Edinburgh show.

Fisk is a high energy comedy show, blending a cartoonish narrative with playful and surreal comedy. It’s a mad cap thriller, full of absurd sketches and characters lots of physical comedy and a little bit of improvisation on top of that. You can expect funky dance routines, fast paced chase scenes and elaborate homemade costumes.


Tell me about your first gig.

The first professional gig we did was at an all mens golf club dinner in rural Essex. All of our material bombed, people were shouting golf jokes at us (which we didn’t understand) and eventually the gig was cut short because someone had to change their catheter (genuinely true).


Do you have any rituals before going on stage?

We do collective vocal warm ups, stretches, and then take it in turns to fart nervously.


Tell me about your best and worst review.

We like this quote a lot: ‘Refreshingly innovative theatre stood shoulder-to-shoulder with slap-stick and psychedelic surrealism’. It pretty much sums up our mission. But the same review described us as ‘tossers’, so it was probably both our best and worst rolled into one.


During this Edinburgh run, do you plan to read reviews of your show?

No. But Guy’s Mum will send us all the good ones. And Sam’s Mum will send all the bad ones.


How do you feel about reviewers generally?

We tend to be quite positive about them, especially the ones that seem to come from a good place.


In April 2018, YouTube comedian, Markus Meechan (aka Count Dankula) was fined £800 for training his girlfriend’s pug dog to do a Nazi salute with its paw, in response to the phrase ‘Gas the Jews’. Do you believe Meechan committed a criminal offence, and why?  

Mr. Dankula should be stripped of his countship.


Are there any subjects that are not suitable for comedy?

Depending on who’s making the joke and how sensitively it’s handled, you can find comedy in pretty much anything. Except airplane food.


Have you ever gone too far?

We were doing a late night gig in a bar. Mid-way through the set someone shouted ‘get your tops off’. The rest of the audience decided he was right and began chanting. It was three against fifty and we didn’t have much of a choice. Come to think of it, it was probably the audience who went too far…


Looking back over your time as a comedian, tell me about the best gig of your career.

In hindsight the golf club gig was probably our best. They gave us dinner. And we learnt how to use a catheter.

PELICAN was talking to Wrigley Worm.

Published Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

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