Meet Chris Betts – Ed Fringe 2015

Self ­summary 

I am a man. A comedy man. With a comedy show. About bars man.

P.S. I’ve been told that that’s not enough information so my name’s Chris Betts I’m from Canada but I’ve lived in the UK three times for a total of 8 years. The first time for adventure, the second time for a woman, this time to be professionally silly. I’m a university drop out and a tenured bartender. This show is a collection of my memories and observations from behind the bar over the last 12 years. Things like my love and admiration for forward women, and the relationship between alcohol and fists.

What is the first thing people notice about you?

My beard. Always my beard. Even friends that I see regularly will comment on my beard before talking about anything else. It’d be frustrating, but people always seem so happy to see it that it’s hard to get mad about it.

6 things you can’t live without during the Fringe?

In no particular order: A door that I can shut and people don’t feel comfortable just opening. Three good books that I won’t feel bad about not reading. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Whiskey. Headphones. Audience.

Who are your Edinburgh Fringe Crushes this year?

Off the top of my head John Hastings, Bobby Mair, Tim Renkow, Phil Jerrod, Dane Baptiste, Garrett Millerick, Pierre Novelie, Gein’s Family Giftshop, Evelyn Mok, and Sam Simmons. I cast my net in broad, fertile waters. Which isn’t as good a pickup line as you’d think.

Your darkest Fringe secret?

I don’t know if it’s a dark secret but it’s something I still don’t understand. Two Edinburghs back, I was doing a spot on a 1am show on the top deck of a bus in the Three Sisters and this guy was heckling me and I could tell by his particular confidence that he was rich so I said something about his Dad giving him all his money and he said “My Dad’s dead” but without any conviction, he was just trying to back me into a corner. The crowd went silent and I just kept asking him “So did your dead Dad give you all his money? Is that where your money came from? Your dead Dad? It was your dead Dad wasn’t it?” and the crowd was really hostile for first few times then suddenly they all burst out laughing and applauding and I still don’t know what made them change. Then at the end of the show he came up and shook my hand and said “That was really funny man. My Dad really is dead but that was really funny.”

Chris Betts: Social Animal is at the Pleasance Courtyard, 9:45pm 5th – 30th August (except 17th)

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