Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?
I’ll find out and get back to you. There’s no curriculum or qualification for a sure-fire way of developing a comedy career, but the Fringe is essentially the closes it gets. It’s the opportunity to do your show every day for a month, in a city where countless industry people will have the opportunity to see what you can do. That’s the business side. The fun side is, at any point in the day, you can watch live comedy, and enjoy it alongside comedians and comedy lovers. *Climbs down from soapbox*
What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?
My show’s based on being brought up in a remote village, so a lot of the inspiration came from constantly visiting it, and revisiting it, walking around and getting to grips with it again. Everyone there must have thought I was really weird.
Stand-out Fringe moment to date?
Seeing Hans Teeuwen on my first visit to the Fringe. I had no idea who he was, and hadn’t really watched a great deal of live comedy until that point, and ended up (for the first and only time) falling off my seat laughing. I was on the front row as well so it was painfully visible.
When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?
Doing a gig to complete – COMPLETE – silence a couple of years ago (that was horrible but it gets so much worse). I had a different gig in that same room straight afterwards so I went for a walk, collected my thoughts, went back for the next show and did even worse than previously. I mustered the courage a few minutes in to look my audience in the eye, and it turns out that lots of them had just stayed on from the previous show. I did the same set to the same audience, and must have come across as completely insane.
Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?
Everyone involved in the TV show Review. It’s the funniest show I’ve seen in years (and this is coming from an avid My Parents Are Aliens fan), and I wish it got broadcast in the UK, so everyone I knew could see it (and definitely not stream it online like some sort of pirate/me).
Three shows you must see this Fringe?
I’m going to recommend three that I saw previews of, which were in truly fine fettle: Felicity Ward, Jordan Brookes and Sofie Hagen
The one person you’d love to see your show and why?
President Barack Obama. I’d have so many questions, almost all of them centred on exactly why the hell he’s come to see my show.
The reason why one should come and see your show?
A certain President Obama might be in the audience…
The one thing in Edinburgh you must do?
Oink is a must. Oink is what can only be described as a veritable pork haven.
Ah sorry, you’re dead. But least you can have that dinner party you’ve always wanted. Who are you inviting?
I hope readers are as taken aback by the first bit of that question as I was. I’d go for a series of people from hundreds of years ago, selected entirely at random, who don’t have any languages in common, so nobody would speak. What a gloriously wasted opportunity.
Glenn Moore: Glengarry Glen Glenn’ at the Just The Tonic Caves Just Up The Road at 6pm