Edinburgh intros #17: For a man whose show is called ‘Eric Meat Has No Proof, Only Memories Of Pasta’, it’s a surprisingly straightforward interview. Apart from the Phil Collins bit
1. Tell us a bit about the show.
Last year Eric Meat was talking to candles with the hope of getting a girl to fall in love with him. This year he’s preoccupied with pasta and ultimately trying to figure out who he is. He’s got all he needs – a hat and some memories of pasta. Happy memories, but memories nonetheless.
2. What’s your favourite bit of it (so far)?
There’s a bit where I put on a purple mask that involves batteries and a doll. It’s weird. I have no idea where it came from, but I really enjoy performing it. Some of the looks people give me during it are hilarious. At least to me. I don’t want to give too much away, but it is bonkers – even by my standards.
3. Any props/visuals/silly hats?
There’s a lot of painted cardboard. It’s fun to make things and I don’t think they need to look perfect. My friend Adam Larter (Weirdos Comedy head honcho) is great at making props. In fact, he’s outright made some of the props in this show! That’s what I like in a director!
4. If your show were a dog, what breed would it be?
A labradoodle. My parents just got a new puppy and she’s an idiot. She just flops around everywhere. She’s definitely got the spirit I want in my show.
5. What’s your walk-on music going to be?
I don’t have any walk-on music, but if I did it would be the entirety of Phil Collins’ No Jacket Required because it is brilliant. Once it had finished, I’d probably listen to Sussudio a few more times before actually starting the show. I’d play the album again before letting the audience leave.
6. I have absolutely zero pasta memories. Where am I going wrong?
You’ve obviously never been in love.
7. Who will you be living with and how do you expect that to go?
I will be living with 7 people in a five-bedroom flat. These include the funny people Gareth Morinan, Jerk Norris, Mark Stephenson and Beth Vyse – go see all their shows. There are two civilians, Luke Chauffeur-Phone and my wonderful girlfiend, Natassia.
8. What will your Edinburgh daily routine be?
Wake up. Tattydog from Piemaker. Flyer. Curry sauce and chips from Clam Shell. Do my show. Grunter from Oink! Nap. King Rib. Go see shows. Hang out. Sleep. Repeat. I love eating!
9. Do you enjoy the Fringe?
I love the Fringe. It’s the sixth one and I can’t imagine not going. It’s my favourite time of year with my favourite people doing my favourite thing. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
10. Have you got any quick and healthy pasta sauce tips for the on-the-go comedy reviewer?