26 August 2017

How to Fringe 2017: Brianna Williams

Brianna Williams
Mostly comedy, recently,unpacking The Bachelor for Channel 10

MUMMY: A Sexy Comedy Party
12–17 September
The Butterfly Club

Brianna Williams

SM: I’m usually safe at audience participation shows because reviewers are creatures-to-be-ignored, but at her Comedy Festival show this year, Brianna didn’t know me and got me on stage. She also got me talking to Grant Denyer on Twitter; no one else has ever done that.

If you could invite anyone to your show (and you knew they would come), who would it be?
Zoe Coombs Marr.

The Melbourne Fringe in three words?
Diverse, surprising, short(er than other fringe festivals).

A favourite Melbourne Fringe memories?
Singing “Teenage Dirtbag” at Fringe Club last year and satisfying my lifelong love of Wheatus.

What is your experience as an independent artist being part of the Melbourne Fringe?
Fringe is the exact place for independent artists. There are so many unique ways you can push your show in this time and you’re working with artists doing completely different things. Fringe is often the time when people share their new shows as well, so there’s a sense that we’re all trying stuff for the first time.

What makes the Melbourne Fringe unique?
In a city that celebrates art all year round (instead of just in month long blocks in festivals) it can be hard to cut through. What makes the Fringe so exciting is that it attracts an incredible type of supportive audience – people who are just as excited to see the stuff you’re experimenting with as you are.

Your advice for choosing what to see in the Melbourne Fringe.
Try something that you would normally never not see. Try a style of something that you would never not see. Also: support your friends! If your mate is doing a show, see it now rather than wait, because by the time you see it again, it will be a different beast.

Do you think there’s a better system than star ratings for reviews?
The star rating can be pretty crushing. One week I got three, three and a half star reviews and it destroyed me, even though three and a half stars is a totally fine score. It was just too far from that elusive four-star moment; I felt as though I was “less than”. I let that missing half a star keep me down – really silly. Maybe something less pointy than stars? Clouds? Clouds feel a lot less destructive.

Five shows/events you will not miss at the 2017 Melbourne Fringe.
Liam Ryan: In Your Dreams
Partybucket by Lee Naimo and Sophie Kneebone
Wanda and Mel (A totally deep cross-generational musical escapade)
The Travelling Sisters: NOO SHO
The Big HOO-HAA! 24 Hour Show

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