Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?
Well, Edinburgh is the best comedy festival in the world so it’s a real proving ground for any comedian who wants to engage with a large audience. Apart from the performing part, it’s also a wonderful city that completely comes alive during the fringe and it’s fantastic to feel like you are a part of it!
What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?
I wanted to do a show that was different to anyone else’s show. I love comedy but even I get bored during some shows where it seems to be someone just talking solidly for an hour, so I wanted to add different layers to my show. I think ultimately it is always key to try and make a show that you yourself would enjoy and that’s what I think that I have done.
When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?
During one of my first gigs I certainly had one of these moments. I’d been doing quite well up until that point but still suffered with nerves. I went to this gig but was not meant to perform, I was just there to watch. All of a sudden I got roped into doing a short spot and the jokes were not landing. I started to mumble my words; the crowd were ignoring me, just playing on their BlackBerrys. It was not a good look!
Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?
I think Spencer Jones is fantastic, always enjoy watching him. I think that my fellow label management mates Sophie Willan and Kate Lucas are both great and are bringing awesome debut shows up this year. You’ll be hearing more from them soon.
Three shows you must see this Fringe?
Spencer Jones is always going to bring something great. If you’re lucky you can see Bill Burr at Edinburgh he’s doing two days up there. Definitely my favourite comic right now. I’ve also heard good things about Jayde Adams’ show, so that’s one I’ll check out.
The one person you’d love to see your show and why?
I’d quite like Bill Burr to see my show and come up to me after and say, “yeah, yeah, you are the best!” I also have a couple of friends that live in Edinburgh and they always help me out when I come up either with a place to stay or general kindness, so I’m looking forward to them watching my show and hope they like it. In general I’m happy with any audience that come and want to have a laugh and a good time.
The reason why one should come and see your show?
I think my show will have a really unique feel to it compared to other shows this year. It’s got a nice dollop of audience interaction, some multimedia, it’s less of a show more of a spiritual journey. (Legal message: there are no refunds for any audience members that feel like it wasn’t a spiritual journey)
The one thing in Edinburgh you must do?
Climb Arthurs Seat. In general Edinburgh is a beautiful city, definitely try and take in some of the sights.
Ah sorry, you’re dead. But least you can have that dinner party You’ve always wanted. Who are you inviting?
Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira. Its not funny but would be nice to get the lads together and talk about old times.
JOHNNY COCHRANE – APPEAL at the Plesance Courtyard Below 9.45pm