​Interview: The Story of the Nervous Man (a silent comedy)

As Brighton Fringe gears up for 2016, Broadway Baby offers an insight into the shows, the people and the world that is Brighton Fringe. We’ve been speaking to participants from around the Fringe and asked them to give us an insight into their shows.

Find pleasure in everything you do and don’t work with lemons

Name Neil Frost

Show The Story of the Nervous Man (a silent comedy)

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a comedian, compere and clown. I’ve recently come back from Greece entertaining refugee children with UK charity Clowns Without Borders, it was a wonderful yet slightly surreal experience.

Can you tell us a little bit about your show, what can we expect?

The show is narrated by a travelling clown who can’t speak, so he uses his audience to help him tell his tale. It uses clowning, character and living in the moment. It was nominated for the Inspiration Award (Best New Show) at last year’s Prague Fringe.

Why did you decide to perform your show at the Brighton Fringe?

This will be my third time at Brighton Fringe. This is my first solo show in Brighton, previously I performed with my clown troupe the Honky Bonk Comrades. It’s one of my favourite festivals, so I’m happy to be back.

What makes your show different?

The audience helps tell the story and affect its outcome, so each performance is unique.

Who would enjoy seeing your show?

The show uses no language, so it’s particularly accessible to an international audience.

What has been the best advice you have been given?

Find pleasure in everything you do and don’t work with lemons.

What show, apart from yours, would you recommend at the Brighton Fringe and why?

Cassie Atkinson: Supernumerary Rainbow at The Caroline of Brunswick. She is one of my favourite character comedians. Also, The Establishment at The Warren.

What do you think audiences will enjoy the most about your show?

Hopefully they will have fun being able to control the show’s outcome.

The Story of the Nervous Man (a silent comedy) is appearing at the Laughing Horse @ Caroline of Brunswick, 14-15, 22 May, 13:30

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