Fringe Q&A: Sam Morrison

Featured in NYTimes and Time Out, Sam Morrison’s a master at finding hilarity in the awkward adventures of being a closeted gay man… who wants to have sex with your dad.

Built off decades of journal entries, Hello, Daddy! weaves stories of gaiety and heartbreak across decades to chronicle Sam’s transformation from shy cucumber-shaped virgin boy into a daddy-f*cking manifesto of a person.

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

Yes! 

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

Hello, Daddy! is a bizarre, vulnerable, and discomforting queer coming of age story where autobiographical flashbacks and ridiculous explorations of alternate life paths blur the lines between fact and fiction. Stories of heartbreak and gaiety across decades capture my transformation from a shy cucumber shaped virgin boy into a daddy-fucking manifesto of a person. 

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

About 2 and a half years’ worth. The original concept came back in May 2017 where I staged a rough draft that was received well. I did a few more rough drafts before it debuted as a full stage production on Dixon Place’s main stage in 2018. Since then the show has been rewritten over 20 times, toured 8 major US cities, toured over 30 colleges, and showcased at such prestigious festivals as the Folsom Street Fair, Bear Week, and HOT! Festival. 

Every night in New York City, I perform at least 3 times a night, and while not all the jokes I write are a part of the show, they all do help me hone a unique comedic voice that allows me to tell the story of Hello, Daddy!

Were you nervous ahead of your opening night?

I usually don’t get nervous and when I do it’s right before showtime. So I don’t feel any butterflies yet. Regardless, with this show, I don’t think I will get nervous for two reasons. First, my nerves usually come from being unprepared and this show will be locked in to my bones by opening night. Second, I am sharing so much of myself that it truly can’t go wrong. Even if the audience doesn’t jibe with it or something crazy happens, as long as I stay true to myself, I cannot fail. 

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

This is unlike any show you’ve seen before for two reasons. The content is unique to me – a deeply personal confessional of having sex with men more than twice my age. And the way I present it – stand up built from decades of %100 true journal entries.

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

Lucie Pohl’s Really Really Really Really Real.

What’s on your hit-list to see?

Anders Lee’s Dummy .

What are you planning to do on your days off?

My boyfriend and I are trying to plan it out so he is here on my day off and we can go get out of the city to explore the countryside! I’m a big nature guy and know that will help replenish my artistic soul after weeks of overwhelming crowds and hard work. 

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

In college, I dated my professor (56) for two years. Learn more. 

Sam Morrison’s debut Edinburgh Festival show ‘Hello Daddy!’ will be at the Just The Tonic Marlin’s Wynd from 1st – 26th August at 5:15pm. For tickets go to www.edfringe.com

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