Paul McMullan Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

Yeah why bother, I could be on a beach on the Med, sun, good food, I must be mad.

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

Well my massive drinking problem for a start, my recovery, my trying to bring up two of my three kids, finding love, losing love and 4 dogs they’re some of my inspiration.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

Having people shout out one of my punchlines in the street, also being told that the producers of AAA stand up Late, the show case show I did last year wanted to take me back to Edinburgh this year with my debut show.

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

There was this particular Thursday at last year’s fringe when the audience really didn’t like me, every night up to then had been amazing but this crowd just didn’t like me, I wished the ground had swallowed me up just then.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

So many to choose from, one that comes to mind is David Ward, a comedian himself but he runs a few nights and he always gives new acts a chance, he really helped me climb the ladder, he is also very generous with little jokes and ideas that can help your set.

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

Bill Burr the best comedian at the moment in my opinion, Louis Ck as well. Also go and see my friends The Völvas 5th-8th & 17th-23rd at the summer hall

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

My Dad, but he’s dead so he can’t, but someone living I guess the head of BBC comedy who then cancels all the other production and gives me an unlimited budget and panders to my every whim.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

Cos If you don’t I’ll lose a load of money so don’t be selfish, also if you or someone you know might be having a problem with alcohol it’s the show for you.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Deep fried pizza, it’s amazing, it’s like gastronomic crystal meth, Highly addictive

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

Dylan Thomas, Oliver Reed, Richard Burton, Jim Morrison, Keith Moon and Keith Floyd can do the cooking, see as I’m dead I can drink again so all my favourite dead alcoholics.





Paul McMullan: Alocopop at the Pleasance Bunker 3rd – 28th August, 9.15pm. 


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