Preview: Gein’s Family Giftshow

Gein's Family Giftshow.  Pic: Drew Forsyth

Gein's Family Giftshow. Pic: Drew Forsyth

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WINNERS of the Chortle Best Newcomer Award and Fosters Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominees Gein’s Family Giftshow return to the Fringe and reflect on meeting their comedy heroes.

THEY say never meet your heroes, but after last year’s Fringe I’m confident this should be changed to the less catchy, ‘Always meet your heroes unless you’ve picked really bad heroes, or dead ones.’

We were lucky enough to have picked at least two who were alive and not bad, call it a cynical move on our part, but it paid off.

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton of The League of Gentlemen fame, came and saw our show, both people we admire to the point of sycophancy.

They sat in the back of our venue and patiently watched us show off for 55 minutes. What a dream.

It felt like Meatloaf had come to watch us sing karaoke, or watch us act... Meatloaf’s great... but we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

After the show, we had the pleasure of chatting to Steve Pemberton, and by chat we mean giddily saying ‘We know’ whenever he said anything, and repeating the phrase, ‘Thanks so much for coming,’ at roughly 15 second intervals.

After the Fringe bubble burst, and we had gone back to normal bedtimes and eating vegetables semi frequently, Shearsmith and Pemberton got in contact and we ended up being in the second series of Inside No 9.

This is where it gets interesting, because if you spend more than 30 minutes with your heroes it turns out they are normal, incredibly hard-working people. There’s no magic, if anything it’s more awe-inspiring.

Watching two people who have passion and talent is oddly rare in this world, to see it first hand is incredible. I think what we’re trying to say is this: “Can Meatloaf come watch this year?”

Gein’s Family Giftshow Volume 2, Pleasance Courtyard, until 30 August, 10.45pm, £7.50-£9.50, 0131-226 0000