Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?
Blimey. I don’t know. I think I bother because it means I have to write new load of material every year and it can’t be shit otherwise everyone will shout at me. So it’s an incentive I guess. Also it’s the only time of year where lots of my friends are together at the same time.
What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?
Reading the Arnold Schwarzenegger autobiography mainly. Hot damn that guy is inspiring and muscly. And that’s what I’m doing now, muscly comedy that’s difficult to understand.
Stand-out Fringe moment to date?
That Tim Vine poster from years ago.
When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?
When my parents came up to see me last year and I had the worst show of the whole run in front of them. 20 minutes in I looked at my dad, right into his eyes, as another punchline died. And he was looking at me so encouragingly and so full of love but I could tell that he just wished in that moment that I did literally anything else as a job.
Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?
Turtle Canyon Comedy. They’re an independent production company that pour so much time and effort and money into producing really great original stuff with upcoming comics and actors. Definitely the good guys.
Three shows you must see this Fringe?
Sean McLoughlin, Adam Hess, Rhys James.
The one person you’d love to see your show and why?
Pamela Anderson from 1995 for two large and obvious reasons! (so I could get hold of those Baywatch scripts and work out how to write a proper screenplay, and actually also to see her cans)
The reason why one should come and see your show?
It’s good and funny and I have some nice music playing while everyone comes in and sits down.
The one thing in Edinburgh you must do?
Get on the train home as soon as it’s over otherwise you have to see your entire world getting dismantled by loud Scottish builders.
Ah sorry, you’re dead. But least you can have that dinner party you’ve always wanted. Who are you inviting?
Oh well, we had a good run. I’d invite Pamela Anderson from 1995 for two large and obvious reasons! (so I could get hold of those Baywatch scripts and work out how to write a proper screenplay, and actually also to see her cans). And probably someone like Mussolini just to see how those two would get on really.
Mark Smith: Old Smudge at the Cowgatehead 6th-28th August, 5.30pm.