Fringe Fever: We catch up with Timothy Clark

 This month, we are featuring all things ‘Festive’ in honour of the many festivals currently taking place across the country. We begin with Timothy Clark from the Melbourne Fringe Festival…

 This month, we celebrate our own Festivus in honour of our many arts festivals. has invited independent artists from the Sydney and Melbourne Fringe festivals for a quick chat about their shows, their quirks and their thoughts on their fringe. Our first Fringe Profile is comedian Timothy Clark who’s performing in his very first festival in 4’s KIN. (Melbourne Fringe) 

The Show: 

What’s your show called?4’s KIN How much are tickets?Full price, $12. Concession, $10. Groups (over 4) $10 each
Are tickets available at the door?Absolutely

When is it on?It runs every night from 23 September to 8 of October (except 1 October).
What time does it start?
For the first two nights (23–24), it starts at 9pm. Then on 25 September, it’s at 6pm. The rest of the shows start at 7pm. 

Where is it on?The Portland Hotel, on the corner of Russell and Little Collins Street.
How do you get there by public transport?It’s a quick walk from Parliament and Flinders Street stations. All trams Bourke and Collins Street go right past it as well.
Is there parking?Yes

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Tim’s Answers: 

 4's kin posterWhat three words best describe you Fringe show?Good, Clean, Smut
Who does your show speak to?It’s as cliched as a slow clap, but everybody really. It’s four completely different styles of humour, so we’ve got a little something for everyone.
What other Fringe show do you wish you were in?World Mixtape Comedy. Those guys are solid as a rock
What do you love most about the Melbourne Fringe?Every comedian is coming out of the woodwork, and all of them are desperate to try out new material. It’s great to see such different concepts and themes being woven into their shows.
How many Melbourne Fringes have you performed in?Approximately zero, but I’m expecting that number to rapidly climb in the next few weeks.
What was your most embarrassing moment on stage?Realising, right after a five-minute gig, that while I was on, they forgot to turn the house music off in the background. Thank god, I thought I was just having a shit night.
Do you have any pre- or post-show rituals?I form a circle, put my hand in the middle and start chanting “Ducks! Ducks! Ducks!”…yeah, I don’t get along with other comedians.
What’s your favourite theatre superstition? Do you believe it?Saying “The Scottish Play” instead of “Macbeth“. If I may quote the great poet Batman: “Theatre actors are a cowardly and superstitious lot”.
Who will hate your Fringe show?Probably me, the next morning.
What is the first theatre show you remember seeing?The Wiggles Present: Big Red Car. Captain Feathersword was such a great method actor, and Murray was so naturalistic it was scary. Jeff was a little lackluster though.
What director/actor/writer would you just die to work with?Sidney Lumet, but then I would literally have to die to work with him.
How do you have your coffee?I like my coffee like I like my women. Cold, bitter, and you can get it for $3.50 on the side of the road.
What’s the best pizza topping?Another pizza
What do love most about your Fringe show?The people I’m doing the show with (mad props to Dil, Suren and Morven). We have four completely different styles of comedy, so it’s really got a little something for everyone. It’s like a Christmas hamper, but you haven’t been saving for it all year.

Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

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