The Herald is taking a look at some of the artists performing at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival - and getting to know the people behind the magic.

Felix & The Scootermen

What is your Fringe show about?

The show is loosely based on our own ups and downs in the music business and it’s as absurd as we could make it without being incomprehensible.

There is a serious edge to the show as we deal with our own connection to fame and its trappings (namely the toll it takes on your mental well-being).

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What begins as a self-help seminar led by frontman Felix Scoot and drummer Lee Delamere takes a few left turns and ends up looking at what motivates these two friends to stay together, doing what they do. There are songs and dancing (both classically trained in tap, ballet and Hip Hop) so it would be a waste not to show off these hidden talents.

How does it feel to be playing the Fringe for the first time?

It’s as daunting as it is intimidating as it is - I am assured - exciting.

It’s also my first time on stage as an actor/comedian and in a non-drumming capacity. Even thinking about this for long enough to contemplate this answer is giving me ulcers ...

But it’s a great challenge. There are so many talented people heading to Edinburgh – just preparing to do this for a month has given me a fresh appreciation of what it takes to put on a show. I will reduce my booing and jeering at shows from now on.

Why did you decide to perform at the Fringe?

It's the place to be for ‘newbee’, and ‘oldbee’, comedy performers. I’ve been twice now and it’s such a brilliant atmosphere, with so many talented people.

Edinburgh is such a sweet setting too. Scottish people seem so much more on side whenever we have played gigs. Which I think adds to the flavour. I don't think this would float in London. The Fringe is a right of passage and an intense trial-by-fire to prove your mettle and hone your craft.

If you were not a performer what would you be doing?

If I weren’t a performer I’d most certainly be an astronaut.

How do you prepare for a performance?

I don't have any real warm-up regime to speak of, although I do like to do 63 push-ups, tie my laces up 3 times (always left first), eat two mint-choc choc ices (Tesco’s own brand (this is very important), 17 mins of ab crunches exactly, 45 min vocal warm-ups (screaming at images of Scouting for Girls’ frontman Roy Stride) and at least 15 mins of Jivamukti Yoga, and if I don't do this in this order I won't go on … it’s tough.  

Best/worst advice you’ve been given ahead of your debut show?

Best advice we ever had, and this is true of the music industry, was to find honest sounding boards.

Parents, friends and family are cruel bastards sometimes and would seemingly let you go out and perform any old nonsense. I see it all the time with bands with overly supportive audiences.

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You need people around you who are willing to tell you the hard truths – with that in mind we have been lucky enough to work with the fabulous Phil Nichol who has been there and done it a lot. He has put us through our paces.

Worst advice we got was from my mum who said the show was the best thing since sliced, half and half bread.

Favourite thing about being in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh is in my top 3 British cities: especially in summer. Beautiful, historic and unnervingly friendly. If that ain’t something to aspire to … We’ve Hoosier’d in Edinburgh plenty of times and they’re always a supportive crowd. Good god, I hope I’m not cursing it.

Irwin was once asked to be in a two Fringe plays. He never asked anything more. Just hopped on a train and started wondering why he hadn’t been given a script considering he was due to perform the next day. Turned out he was doing lights and sound for two shows a day.

And he is USELESS at tech. I don’t know who the joke was on: Irwin or those poor, poor productions. I digress. My favourite thing about Edinburgh is the crowds. We’ve been spoilt in our band. Here’s hoping the spoiling continues.

What’s the most Scottish thing you’ve done?

Wow – that's a tricky question. It feels like a trap… is it a trap? I once played ‘Flower of Scotland’ to Ally McCoists’ Scottish Terrier on the bagpipes. 

Favourite Scottish food/drink?

Deep fried caber.

Sum up your show in three words

Catchy, thoughtful, unpredictable.

Felix & The Scootermen’s debut comedy show ‘Self Help Yourself Famous’ will be at the Underbelly Friesian on Bristo Square from 31st July – 26th August for tickets go to