Garrett Millerick challenges everything you think you know about life in SUNFLOWER

Name: Garrett Millerick
Name of Edinburgh show: Sunflower
Venue: The Tron
Performance time: 5pm
Show length: 55mins
Ticket price: Pay What You Want or £5

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
I got in a lot of trouble at school for being unruly. So my mother sent me to speech and drama lessons when I was four. Thus began this slow decline into madness.

Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
It’s called Sunflower. I couldn’t work out what to call it as it’s not about anything, or at least it wasn’t back in January when I had to name it. Then I remembered Patrick Marber saying that he called ‘Closer’ after one of his favourite albums. So I called it Sunflower, I’m a massive fan of the Beach Boys, and I’ve always been partial to their mid-seventies album ‘Sunflower’. And, I’d only written about four minutes of it by the deadline, so Sunflower it is. Plus, the title has a great deal more relevance now than it did then, so that’s nice.

How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
I’m a professional stand-up comedian so I’m constantly working and writing and refining things and taking them on stage day after day all year round. So, I don’t know. Pieces of the show have been in progress for months, others only a few days. It’s constantly changing.

My plan had been to write an hour of observational stand up. That’s really the holy grail in Edinburgh terms. It’s the hundred metre final, hands down the hardest thing you can do. So, I’d set it as an artistic challenge to myself. I had got quite far and written about half of it earlier in the year. Then everything changed.

My personal life was beset by a few tragic events that made it difficult to do comedy and finish what I had started. So, I think the show will be the first thirty minutes of what I had done. And then, after that, a very different type of show exploring why I couldn’t finish what I started. If I had longer to work it out, it would possibly be different, but I don’t. So this is the show it has to be. Which is quite good in a way.

I had promised I wouldn’t do anything personal and that I wouldn’t do anything political. But fate has made a liar of me. So there you go. Life is what happens when you’re making other plans… it’s going to be very funny, very political and very personal. Something for all the family etc.

Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
Manage your expectations.

What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
I fluffed a stage punch once and punched a fellow performer in the face during a sketch show. I shattered his nose and gave him two black eyes. Blood everywhere. The show fell apart moments later.

Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
Flyerers. Talking to people is difficult. It’s a job that encompasses most people’s worst nightmares. But those guys go out and do it day after day for the love of the game. We’d be knackered without them.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Not anymore. I used to do lots of stuff like write set lists, check watch blah blah. But I think after six years on stage I’ve cured myself of that.

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
Glenn Moore, Pierre Novellie, Tom Houghton, George Rigden, Lulu Popplewell, Ciaran Dowd and anything Katie Storey is producing.

Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
I have a seven-minute routine about Chesney Hawkes that’ll challenge everything you think you know about life.

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