Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

EDINBURGH 2022: Melissa Stephens Q&A

EDINBURGH 2022: Melissa Stephens Q&A

EDINBURGH 2022: Melissa Stephens Q&A

BWW catches up with Melissa Stephens to chat about bringing Hot Dogs and Tears to the 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tell us a bit about HOT DOGS & TEARS.

It's my first hour of comedy that deals with my life growing up in the south, my family and my bizarre experiences and perceptions. The finished show is like that moment after someone trips and falls and makes eye contact with you because you both saw it happen. It's hilarious and unsettling.

Why did you want to tell this story?

Initially it just made sense to start putting an hour together using the stories that always got the best reaction from my stand up. I remember the idea of the ending just came to me and it was from there I started writing it. It is hard to explain why because I think I would have chosen to do my second show (which I'm writing now) first but sometimes you have to get the first emotional family story done first before you move on.

Who would you recommend comes to see you?

Anyone who has been stupid or done something embarrassing. Which is everyone, don't lie.

Do you think you know what to expect from the Fringe?

I expect to be hustling to get an audience, having some shows with small audiences and maybe crying in the street at some point. It's pretty intense when people talk about it.

Are there any other shows you're looking forward to seeing?

The Idiot Circus, Lottie Platchett took a Hatchet, and Tom Detrinis: I Hate New York. I'm excited about seeing all of the shows.

Sponsored content

Photo credit: Dean Chekvala



Related Stories

From This Author - Natalie O'Donoghue


Edinburgh 2022: Review: JOSIE LONG: RE-ENCHANTMENT, Monkey Barrel
August 13, 2022

‘After defeat, re-enchantment is necessary’, said Lola Olufemi. This thought inspires Josie Long’s brand-new hour of stand-up infused with humanity, compassion and probably some brief political rants. The triple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, underdog Fringe hero and delirious new mother (the first person to have two babies) returns with a show about the changes wrought by time, passion, moving to Scotland, and loving the world under – let’s face it – difficult circumstances.

Edinburgh 2022: Review: RAY BRADSHAW: BALD GINGER, Waverley Bar
August 13, 2022

Fresh from doing tour support for John Bishop on his 2022 arena tour, multi-international award-winning stand-up comedian Ray Bradshaw is bringing a new show to the Edinburgh Fringe. His previous shows have won Best Show and Outstanding Contribution to Comedy at the Scottish Comedy Awards and Ray was also the first comedian ever to win a Scottish Culture Award.

Edinburgh 2022: Myra Dubois Guest Blog
August 13, 2022

With her unique brand of kindness and a wit sharper than a scalpel, Myra Dubois offers to heal the wounds of the world weary. Here she discusses how she’s made therapy into a artform for other to watch and why she’s uniquely qualified to offer advice.

Edinburgh 2022: Review: CASSIE AND THE LIGHTS, Underbelly
August 12, 2022

When Cassie's mother disappears, the teenager wants to care for her sisters on her own. Is she the right person to be a parent now, or should she let foster parents adopt her sisters and create a new family? Based on real-life events and interviews with children in care and with live music, Cassie and the Lights examines our ideas of what makes a family.

Edinburgh 2022: Review: HOW TO LIVE A JELLICLE LIFE, Greenside
August 12, 2022

A show that provides a jellicle discussion about the jellicle aspects of the jellicle cats in CATS and how you can apply them to your life in order to make it truly jellicle. No previous knowledge about CATS required.