Ryan Cull Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

That is a philosophical question that has plagued comedians for years. Everyone has their own reason, some want to be famous, some want to be better comics and some want to become alcoholics. For me it’s about finally debuting my first Edinburgh show. I’ve waited six years for this opportunity so I’m staying cautiously optimistic that it will be a success. And if it’s not, I will choose alcohol!

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

Since my show is about my childhood adventures in leg braces, the inspiration has come from the embarrassing stories my parents told me about myself and the lingering effects putting my childhood on hold has had on my adulthood. This show is about discovering why I am the way I am.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

I got a standing ovation from my audience of 2 people. I’m still not sure whether it was genuine, pity, or mockery but I’ll take it. In fact, when I come back the three of us are going out for drinks so making friends from the audience has to be a stand out moment.

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

I was booed off stage by a biker in a wheelchair. To be fair the biker audience is not my crowd so no matter what I did I think he was gonna boo me. I was pretty new into stand up so never experienced the shame of being booed. Hopefully it doesn’t happen again, but it probably will.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

Abandoman. I’m not sure whether you can say he’s an unsung hero because he is well known but to me they’re the most talented artists at the Fringe each year. How they’re not one of the most famous acts in Britain is beyond me but I can’t wait to see the new show which is always hilarious.

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

Andrea Hubert – Week: Andrea is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met and like me, she’s waited to bring up her debut show which I can’t wait to see.

My Fellow Canadians: Acts like John Hastings, Glenn Wool, Phil Nichol, Craig Campbell and the other 5,000 Canadians that seem to move to Britain to perform comedy.

Bill Burr – My favourite comedian of all time is doing a few shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. If you haven’t seen him you owe it to yourself to see the master at work. He has a joyous rage that is as infectious as it is hilarious. There’s no one better in the game right now!

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

My parents. They were a big inspiration for doing this show. Plus they had to deal with me in leg braces so they should laugh the most. Unfortunately they will be on a Caribbean cruise so it’s understandable. My show can’t beat unlimited food and booze. No one’s can!

The reason why one should come and see your show?

Sure you can go see a famous person’s show but think of my show like that Rare Pokemon you found that none of your friends have. Most of the best times I’ve had in my life were when I took a chance on something. Let me be that Pokemon for you!

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

I would say climb Arthur’s seat. After the amount of booze you will consume during the festival you will need to burn some of it off. However I still haven’t made it to the top but this year I wil……..or hope I will!

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

This is the best question and I once had it in a job interview. I assume everyone else is dead at this party so will choose only the dead.

I would choose JFK (to see if he saw it coming), Heath Ledger (because his Joker was badass), George Carlin (comic relief), Amy Winehouse (after dinner entertainment and someone to booze with) and Pablo Escobar (we need a wildcard)


Ryan Cull: Brace Yourself – August 3rd – 28th (not the 15th), 2pm at the Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wee Room (venue 14)

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