Geoff Norcott Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

Finally, someone asks the only pertinent question possible when it comes to the Edinburgh fringe!

The answer is the same as for any human activity: for a laugh.

What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?

Mainly my own political views. I vote Conservative and, given my council estate upbringing and Trade Union Father, it strikes me as odd that this is where I’ve ended up. There is a high possibility it’s a sub-conscious need to wind up pious lefties.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

Last year I’m told I managed to get into a nightclub in Edinburgh with dog-shit on my hand. My friend who was less drunk and did not have dog-shit was refused entry.

When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?

When I was told the following day about the dog-shit incident.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

My wife. Partners of comics are among the best people in the world. My wife has to patiently listen to me quit comedy about three times a year as standard when people don’t laugh at my stupid jokes.

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

There’s one where you look at a baby apparently. I guarantee he’ll look away first. No-one wins a stare out with me.

I haven’t looked at the brochure yet so I’ll presume there’s one called ‘Brexit: The Musical’ and something themed around Game of Thrones – ‘Game of Moans’? – so I’ll go and see those.

The one person you’d love to see your show and why?

Margaret Thatcher. Imagine the press coverage.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

In a sea of leftie comedy at the fringe, my show provides an antidote to all that compassion and caring.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do?

Head down Leith Walk on a Saturday night. People exit pubs sideways there. Sideways.

Ah sorry, you’re dead. But least you can have that dinner party you’ve always wanted. Who are you inviting? 

People always invite Stephen Fry don’t they? I’d just invite my ancestors and discuss why they were all tall and I am not.

Geoff Norcott, Conswervative, Underbelly Med Quad, 7.10pm