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Interview with Eddy Brimson

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Eddy Brimson as Joe in Naughty Boy

Eddy Brimson is currently performing in Naughty Boy at the Edinburgh Fringe.

1) You have written about football hooliganism in the past; how did that equip you to create the character of Joe? Is he perhaps based on, or in part on, a particular individual that you encountered in this world or is he a product of the parts of several different people?

I have written a few books on football fan culture and the violence that can go with it. Back in the late ’70s and early 80’s I was involved in the darker side of football and so I have a good knowledge of the subject. The books blew open the stereotypical view of what a football hooligan was and his background and so they made quite a stir. This play has been adapted from the book I’d written, which I will now release as an audiobook post Festival. There is quite a lot of personal experience in the character as well as attitude. I hope the political side of Joe comes across. he is definitely a man of the people, or the cogs, as he puts it. There is a lot of Them against Us in his thinking. There is a political edge to his outlook on the world.

2) Previously, you’ve worked in comedy. What inspired you to venture into the rather dark world of Joe?

I am a full-time comedian, I’ve been pro for 17 years and I’m very lucky to be so. I think that if you are a creative person you need to test yourself. And this has been one hell of a test.

3) Joe expresses the view that violence makes him feel truly alive. Can you explain why Joe feels this way? How did you understand his motivation to participate in violence?

Violence sets Joe free from the weights life places upon his shoulders. In such moments nothing else matters, he feels truly himself and so that is the motivation that drives him.

4) Joe seems to hold ‘normal’ life and people in contempt. Why do you think that is? Does he see himself as better than them?

Joe holds those that follow the herd in contempt. He despises those that just follow trends as he feels they have just given in and handed themselves over to being what those he sees as controlling us want rather than who they truly want and should be.

5) How important is being part of a group for Joe?

I think being part of the group reassures Joe that he is not alone. That said, he is a violent man, and a violent man will always find a fight alone or not.

6) What sort of reaction and feedback have you been getting from audiences?

The play has exceeded all expectations. I’ve never attempted anything like this before and the kind words on my ability to pull it off, both from punters and reviewers are really encouraging. Whoever, the most important thing for me is the writing. People seem to really like and understand it. That is just amazing.

7) Where next with “Naughty Boy”? Do you plan on performing it elsewhere? Is it a genre that you would continue next year at The Fringe with another show or repeat?

I would love to tour this, and a few offers have been made and so fingers crossed. My next aim is to record the audiobook. That’ll be a good 4 hours plus so it’ll take a while to knock that into shape as the play has evolved and that will affect the style of the book, and then who knows. Next year seems a long way off but it has been such a great experience that I am already tempted, which means I’ll be back. Maybe something lighter next year.

8) What other projects are you working on just now?

As I’ve said, the audiobook and seeing about a tour for the play will be top of the list as I need to keep the momentum going. I’d love to get an agent for the acting and writing side of things as well. Aside from that, it’ll be back on the road doing the stand-up with a tour of Asia to look forward to in October, which’ll be nice …. Onwards

Tickets for Naughty Boy can be purchased here

The Counter Culture review of Naughty Boy is here

 

 

Eddy Brimson was interviewed by Pat Harrington
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Eddy Brimson as Joe

Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, Edinburgh
3 Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1HR
15:15
Aug 4-12, 14-26
1 hour
Suitability: 16+ (Restriction)

Eddy Brimson plays Joe, a football hooligan, in this thought-provoking one-man show. Joe is a man who is forthright about the excitement and energy of violence. Joe only feels truly alive when he is indulging in violence. Violence fills an empty space for Joe and enables him to believe that he is different from the rest of a constrained, boring society. Brimson does not shy away from describing the violence initiated by or directed at Joe and his gang over a weekend fueled by alcohol and anonymous sex.

This show is challenging and gives a glimpse into another life, a life Joe exhorts you to admire and adopt.

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You can buy a ticket here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/naughty-boy

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Austerity Pleasures

austeritypleasuresVenue: Espionage, Kasabar, Victoria Street
Until 24th August

This free, hour-long lunchtime show features Ben Morgan, Robyn Perkins and Declan Kennedy along with a guest appearance by Eddy Brimson, who was there to give a taster of his own show.


In common with most of the smaller shows at the Fringe, the cast have to turn their hands to publicising the event so as I walked down Victoria Street I was handed a leaflet by Robyn, (who was pleased to hear that I was planning to attend), and having crossed the street to the venue I was shown to the lounge by Ben, where the audience were gathering before the performance room becoming available.

First on was Ben, who made use of an envelope marked ‘EMERGENCY JOKES’ whenever he felt audience attention was flagging, although his act flowed well and his punning went down well with the audience.

Next, Robyn spoke about her transition from coming to the UK from the USA to gaining British Citizenship and the quirks involved in the process.

The third member of the cast was Declan Kennedy, who invoked a bit of audience participation by getting half of the audience to call out “SAY” and the other to call “TON”. Taken together, the audience ended-up calling out something that sounded scarily like “Satan”, which, Declan explained, he hoped would alarm people sitting in the floor above!

In the final minutes of the show, Eddy Brimson gave a preview of his own show “Windy Piss”. Hopefully another member of the Counter Culture team will be able to attend and review Eddy’s show as from the taster we got it sounds well worth a look.

This was the third year that “Austerity Pleasures” has featured at the Fringe and hopefully it will be back again next year. While it was seldom laugh out loud funny, it more than made up for this by having some thoughtful, intelligent observations. The performers were likeable and there seemed to be a good rapport between them and the audience.

Reviewed by Andrew Hunter

 

 

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