Fringe Q&A, 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’ (BroadwayWorld.com), 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.

AAA caught up with Tori for a chat between Fringe shows.

How has your Fringe been so far?

Wild! Nothing like I could have expected. The power went out in Edinburgh the day of my tech so that was moved back a couple hours. When we finally got to tech the lighting board still wasn’t working so it was a bit of a roller coaster in the beginning. Definitely kept us on our toes. But, it’s been a nice ride this week. Good audiences, great response. And I’ve seen some fantastic shows.

Tell us about the show you’re in…

My show #Thirsty is a shameless musical of my poor life choices, my expertise on running away from my problems (and my country), and my increasing dependence on vodka. I mix my stories through music of many different genres from Lady Gaga, to Prince, to Edith Piaf.

What’s the audience reaction been like?

I’m so happy with the response! I’ve had several nights where people are on their feet and really enjoying it! I love to make people laugh and especially being able to see so many smiling faces in the first couple of rows. Of course, some nights the audience is a bit more reserved then others, but the response after the show and on social media is great! I’m so thrilled!

When did you realise you were funny?

God, sometimes I don’t think I am! But, I have three other siblings and growing up I would make them laugh. I also think that because I grew up doing a lot of theatre and was surrounded by older people as a kid, I was quick to take on their witty humour and banter. That helped. I wouldn’t call it cynicism… just a dry, funnier way of looking at the world.

Were you the class clown?

No, not really. I was a good student. I have always been a bit of a rule follower which is nice about being on stage and feeling like I can be naughty up there. But, I always made my friends laugh. Sometimes without saying a word!

Can comedians get away with saying things no one else can?

I think it is all about the perspective or the intention. I don’t think comedians can get away with saying things that are offensive if they aren’t funny! If it isn’t serving a purpose to make people laugh at the bad things or to laugh at adversity… if it’s just to be shocking and there is no real talent or wit behind it then no, I don’t think comedians get a pass. If you wanna say something shocking it better be funny!

Was there a comedian who inspired you?

Yes! Joan Rivers. My god what a woman. I was so thrilled I got to see her perform in NYC at a small club called the Laurie Beechman Theatre. It was about a year before she died and she was on fire! What. A. Woman!

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

So far, I highly recommend Glenn Moore’s show at Just the Tonic. I caught that the other day and loved it. I adore Murray Hill! He’s playing over at Gilded BalIoon. I loved The Worst Little Warehouse in London! Fabulous show and selling out over at Assembly Box. And I also decided to see Infinita, which was just incredible over at the Pleasance Courtyard.

What’s on your hit-list to see?

I’m looking forward to seeing Six the Musical and trying to find a time to see Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist. So many shows!

What do you like to do in Edinburgh on your day off?

I have one coming up and I look forward to catching some shows that I can’t normally see because it’s around my show time. But on my days where I’m not performing until later that night, I love to sleep in. I’ll take my time getting ready and then head into the festival to see some things. It is definitely stressful to get ready and hand out fliers for your show, but that time before you have to do that, where you can just embrace everything happening around you, is a great time. There really is no other festival like this!

Can you recommend a bar or restaurant in Edinburgh?

OMG, the Underbelly Bar in Bristo Square with the Pornstar martini…LETHAL!

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen this year?

So far, it’s been the guy who dresses up as Trump with pink tights. I saw him on the Royal Mile the other day. I can’t seem to get away from Trump even coming all the way to Scotland. It’s a shame we can’t just ignore him.

Sell your show in no more than ten words…

Ever had a bad hangover? You will love this show!

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

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