Fringe interview: Tori Scott

Celebrating poor life choices and an unconditional love of vodka, direct from New York City. This Garland for the Grindr era is ‘a force to be reckoned with’ (, desperate to escape Trumpland and be let loose on Scotland! Join Tori Scott and her band The Shame Spirals on an audacious musical journey of slurred autobiographical stories and songs she stole from other people. Set to the music of Lady Gaga, Queen, Edith Piaf, Pink and more.

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

Yes. It’s been a goal of mine for years so I’m thrilled to be making my debut!

Tell us a bit about the show you’re in this year?

My show is an hour long musical journey called #Thirsty. I celebrate my poor life choices and my love of vodka, as well as my thirst for connection. Everything is tied together with sassy commentary, storytelling, and songs ranging from Queen to Lady Gaga to Judy Garland, all backed by a three-piece band called The Shame Spirals.

How much work has gone into getting it ready for Edinburgh?

I’ve been working on this particular show for the past year, but really 10 years of work has gone into this moment. That’s when I started performing in the back of a gay bar for very drunk audience members. The drunk part hasn’t changed that much but the venues have, thankfully, been better.

Are you nervous ahead of your opening night?

Of course! I think it’s nice to get that nervous feeling before a show. I’m truly stepping into the unknown. I’ve never been to Edinburgh or Scotland. I have no idea what to expect. All I can do is prepare a great show and hope to really entertain everyone who sees it.

There’s thousands of shows on – why should Fringe-goers fork out to see yours?

My show is the perfect nightcap! After a full day, you can relax in your seat with a strong drink and be entertained with a vodka-fuelled ride of tragically true and hilarious stories topped off with great music. But don’t take my word for it. I had an older couple come to my show for the first time in NYC last month. They came up to me afterwards and said “We’ve never heard such a beautiful sound come out of such a foul mouth!” You don’t want to miss it!

Are there any other shows on this year you’d recommend?

I have to give a shout out to my fellow New York performers. Murray Hill and Lady Rizo both perform at Joe’s Pub at The Public in Manhattan where I have a residency and they are incredible. Don’t miss them.

What’s on your hit-list to see?

I am really looking forward to Velma Celli and Courtney Act’s show. And I can’t wait to catch ‘Tilda Swinton Answers An Ad On Craigslist’ on my day off!

What are you planning to do on your days off?

Sleep is a priority, but when I’m not sleeping, I want to explore Edinburgh and see some great shows. And, depending on how drunk I get, I might try haggis.

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

Vocals are legit. Thirst is real. Stories are tragically true.

Tori Scott Is Thirsty, 10:15pm, Underbelly Bristo Square, Aug 1-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-27,

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