Dominic Frisby talks about taking his financial gameshow to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Name: Dominic Frisby
Name of Edinburgh show: Dominic Frisby’s Financial Gameshow
Venue: Gilded Balloon, Billiard Room
Performance time: 5pm
Show length: 1 hour
Ticket price: £6 previews, £8-10 range inc. concs
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
I have been a wonderful and tremendously overlooked comedian for many years. In around 2006, while being overlooked, I became very interested in finance and I invested in gold. Even if most economists could not see it, it was plainly obvious the financial system was about to end. I wrote various books and articles, and a second career as a financial writer emerged. My second book was about bitcoin, I wrote than in 2013-14. I got that one right too.
Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
It is halfway between a quiz and game show. Contestants attempt to win big prizes – £500, silver bars, bitcoin cash – while answering questions or playing games around a financial or economic theme. It will never fail to be interesting, it will be occasionally amusing and, when there’s £500 at stake, very exciting.
How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
Come the fringe in August, I will have been working on the show for as long as 72 hours.
I want to get people interested in finance and economics before it’s too late.
Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
See as many shows as possible. Do not read any reviews. Get away from the main venues (except the Gilded Balloon of course). End up in weird pubs talking shite until 3 in the morning. If you’re still young, and perhaps even if you’re not, have lots of sex with lots of people.
What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
I once had to compere the Egyptian tycoon Mohammed Al Fayed and usher him off-stage in front of 25,000 people after he had just died on his arse attempting to do a rap.
Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
Tim Vine. Because he’s the first person that came into my head.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Walking. I walk to the venue then pace about a lot when I get there
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
I haven’t looked at the listings yet, but I’m living with Andy Zaltzman so I better see him otherwise breakfast could get frosty.
I like weird musical burlesque-y stuff too.
Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
‘Cos you can win five hundred quid.