Edinburgh Fringe: Myra Dubois interview

Fresh from her appearance on BBC One’s The John Bishop Show, Rotherham’s least celebrated daughter – that’s Myra Dubois to you and I – is tearing up the Fringe in the ever-so-cleverly titled Self AdMyra. Expect acid-tongued conversation, razor sharp observation, songs and maybe even dance (if her hip’s up to it) in this unapologetic hour of self-adoration. AAA caught up with Myra for a chat last week.

How has your Fringe been so far?

It’s been wonderful, thank you for asking. I didn’t think it was possible for a single human to contain this much whisky, but I was wrong.

Tell us about the show you’re in…

I’m currently starring in Self AdMyra at the Gilded Balloon Teviot (Nightclub) at 9.15pm, every night! It’s a show that defies categorisation, really. There’s a bit of song in there, I talk a lot, I’ll often be joined on stage by a Gin and Tonic and there’s a bit of group therapy thrown in for good measure. You will, however, find the show in the ‘Comedy’ section of the brochure so I’ve made sure there’s a few jokes in there too.

What’s the audience reaction been like?

I’ve made it my mission to be at the door after every performer personally greeting each audience member as they leave, so I can look into their eyes, bore into their very soul and gage what they thought. There’s been nothing but affection and admiration in each eyeball – the audience reaction has been wonderful.

 When did you realise you were funny?

I once pushed Paula Bennett down the stairs outside the science block at school and laughed for 20 minutes. It was there and then that I thought “I’m funny”.

 Were you the class clown?

Good lord, no. It’s a common (but understandable) misconception that those who are told they should be on telly at school make it into show business. You’ll find any class clown working in packaging; annoying their colleagues with the same jokes they were peddling in school.

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

I think so, and this isn’t a new tradition. Court Jester’s, for example, were allowed to mock the Monarch! I think. I might have read that somewhere, possibly. Anyway; in short – yes! But the comedian must be a skilled craftsperson, and know the tools of their trade well enough to execute material with intelligence and nuance. That is very important.

Was there a comedian who inspired you?

I very much consider Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller and Marti Cane to be my holy trinity. May they forever guide me. If someone could Photoshop a picture of myself surround by those three as Jedi Ghosts (as seen in The Star Wars), that would tickle me pink.

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

Positively Livid by Lucy Frederick is wonderful. A really moving hour of stand-up. She’s an acquaintance of mine, and I can honestly say it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever seen her in.

What’s on your hit-list to see?

I am desperate to see Puddle’s Pity Party, and as yet have been unable to. Who knows, maybe this Fringe I shall get the chance.

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

Nothing. I sit in my flat in my nightie and look at the wall.

Can you recommend a bar or restaurant in Edinburgh?

I love the Voodoo Rooms! I’m partial to a cocktail and can often be found at the VDR necking back a cocktail or two or three or four or five.

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

The formation of the pigeons in Nicholson Square as they bomb around the place. Have you seen them? They could rival any of the synchronised swimming I’ve seen in the Olympics this year.

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

Buy tickets to my show, I’ve got cats to feed.

Myra Dubois: Self AdMyra at the Gilded Balloon Teviot Nightclub,9.15pm, unti 28 Aug, www.edfringe.com

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