David Quirk bring Cowboy Mouth to the Adelaide Fringe and judging by the reviews of his shows it will be one of those not to miss. The premise of the show is that four different ladies in four different parts of the world had four different dreams about David Quirk and wrote four different messages to him about them. Sounds interesting as David sheds some more light on the show in a quick Q&A with Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles.

What is it about Cowboy Mouth that will appeal to comedy fans?
I think funny parts will go down well for comedy fans everywhere, of which there are many. There’s also some cool dreams that make up a large part of Cowboy Mouth, and they are funny too. So, I’ll go back to my original point about the funny parts.

The show is based on four women who have had dreams about you – what did you do to these poor women?
Well, one of the ladies I’d never even met, so I don’t know what business she had dreaming about me. The others, I don’t know. One said they dreamed of me because she’d been watching Rosehaven and hadn’t seen me in ages. There’s a whole book about dreams random ladies have had about Madonna, so maybe I’m just a bit like Madonna.

Do you think Aussies are getting too sensitive when it comes to comedy?
No. Yes. I’m not very concerned with what Aussies might be sensitive to.

What’s the worst thing that has happened on stage during one of your shows?
Probably one time years ago in Adelaide.  I asked the audience if they “want to go?”, meaning leave, after about fifteen minutes because it was going badly. That made it funny, and then the gig went for about another forty minutes and it became kind of great. So I’d say that was actually the worst thing, but also the best.

What makes a great show?
I once read that “the function of imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange; not so much to make wonders facts as to make facts wonders.” I think I try and do that, and doing that well will make a show great.

Who are your comedy heroes and why?
A man named David Hoyle is my current Hero.

Interview by Rob Lyon

Catch David Quirk at Garden at the Producers (235 Grenfell Street, Adelaide) from March 4 – 19 (no Mondays). Tickets from Fringe Tix.

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