Comedy writer, music & video producer, and performer Courtney Todd, AKA Catnip! has just landed 23 dates at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.
Fairly new to the Antix Music Network, and coming second at this year’s Closet’s Got Talent, Catnip! has bounced onto the scene, so we thought we’d catch up and shine a spotlight on an upcoming local talent.
Frazer Mitchell; Hi Courtney, nice to catch up with you. First off, tell us a little about your act Catnip!
Courtney; Hi Frazer. That’s a cool zebra print cowboy hat you’re wearing by the way. Catnip! is me and my cat Gomez. I do the comedy and he does the admin.
FM; Thank you! We saw parts of your stage show at Closet’s Got Talent, of which the judges voted you through the first 2 heats, and made you a runner-up to Olivia. Considering the level of talent in the competition was so high, how did that feel coming second out of 54 applicants?
Courtney; Closet's Got Talent was an awesome experience that I was honoured to be a part of, and placing second was the icing on the cake. I haven’t been on stage many times and the level of talent was pretty high so I was extremely nervous going in to it.
FM; You’ve previously released a fair few singles and music videos, and more recently have started performing on stage. For anyone who hasn’t seen your live performances, what can the audience at Edinburgh Fringe expect to see?
Courtney; My show is callled Catnip! : Greatest Hits. I’m releasing an album of the same name soon containing all my previously released tracks, and a bunch of new ones. The show is me performing each song live on stage in different and unique characters. Interspersed with a few sketches and a bit of stand up.
Every one of my songs are completely different from each other in style and sound, and range from punk and rap to piano ballads and spoken word poetry.
FM; Tell us more about Edinburgh Fringe. What does it take to get into a festival like that? Why did you decide to apply?
Courtney; I’m really hoping to get some exposure and take my act to the next level. The Edinburgh Fringe is huge and attracts the biggest names and up and coming comedians. Loads of big acts like Sarah Millican, Romesh Ranganathan and Jack Whitehall all got their big breaks from their Edinburgh shows so hopefully I’ll get a job on A League of Their Own.
Aside from a lot of guts and even more cash it’s open to anyone to join in and put on a show. It’s not a cheap endeavour and I’m definitely going to be broke. I’ve got a GoFundMe on the go, to try and raise some money so I don’t starve and resort to dodgy favours. I’ll just leave this below
FM; For most people reading this (as we’re based in the South West), Edinburgh is a long way to go. Is there a chance of seeing your performance more locally?
Courtney; Yeah, I’m trying to get as many live shows in locally before August to workshop my show and I’ve been lucky enough to secure a few venues so far. The Closet in Weymouth have been amazing and are allowing me to perform spots at their club over the next few months so turns out crying and begging works!
FM; Aside from Edinburgh Fringe, what else can we expect from your act over the next few months?
Courtney; Beyond workshopping my current show, releasing the album, then doing Edinburgh, who knows! I don’t really have a plan for Catnip! or where I want to take it but I’m open to try anything once. Follow and subscribe to all my internet pages to follow along and find out. Maybe we’ll do a collaboration with Justin Beiber and Nike shoes, probably not but never say never.
FM; Thanks so much for catching up with Antix Music Network today, and best of luck over the next few months!
Courtney; Thanks man. Can I have the hat?
Disclaimer - the zebra print cowboy hat doesn't exist.
Frazer Mitchell - Producer, DJ, and Events Coordinator at Antix Music Network