The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the world, with nearly 3,500 shows. This year, Playbill is in Edinburgh for the entire month in August for the festival and we’re taking you with us. Follow along as we cover every single aspect of the Fringe, aka our real-life Brigadoon!
Megan Stalter—comedian, actor, writer, and plus-size model ("who is looking to do even more," she adds)—sat down with Playbill to discuss her Edinburgh Festival Fringe experience, her youth theatre memories, and more. Stalter, who is known for her viral social media content, as well as her role as Kayla in HBO's Hacks, presented her adventurous comedy An Evening of Mayhem with Megan Stalter at this year's festival. Watch the full interview above.
"[An Evening of Mayhem is] about a girl, she thinks she's more talented than she is," Stalter says in her best Scottish accent. "[It's] a night of mischief, and mayhem, and you never know what's going to happen."
Stalter's Fringe debut is chaotic comedy gold, packed with quick-witted humor and improvised audience participation. A Playbill writer in attendance overheard a fellow audience member yell to his friend, "This is absolutely mad...and I love it!" With an attempted musical number, a dating show, and faux disagreements with audience members, Stalter knows how to both charm theatregoers and keep them guessing.
"I want [the audience] to [leave] saying, 'Was she allowed to perform?'" Stalter says with a giggle. "Even if they walk away feeling like, 'Woah, I didn't know what was going to happen, that made me nervous or uncomfortable at certain parts,' but then like—'I laughed. I laughed and laughed!'"
An Evening of Mayhem with Megan Stalter runs at Gilded Balloon Teviot’s Debate Hall through August 27. For tickets, click here.