Tom Ballard Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

A good point, well made. After reading this I would like to cancel my entire run and go back to university, but I’m told we’ve already printed the flyers. Fuck.  

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

I just desperately want to be Chris Rock, so it’s basically an hour of me yelling my opinions about global chaos. Everything from political apathy to drugs to terrorism to the refugee crisis to Trump to cheese gets a mention. Man, that doesn’t sound funny at all. How about: a hil-ARIOUS mention!!!

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

Watching a beautiful man remove his kilt at Spank! and reveal himself in all his glory to a room full of drunken fools (myself included). He claimed it was to promote his friend’s show, but I’m convinced he just wanted to get his tackle out. 

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

Last year, on the first night of my first ever Edinburgh run, walking back from my first show feeling pretty good about things when I looked down and saw a flyer for my show squashed into the cobblestones with a big footprint on my face. Then it started raining. SHOWBIZ BABY. 

 Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

Every single tech, ever. These people have to sit through the same bloody jokes every single night for a MONTH. They are heroes. Alcoholic heroes, to be sure, but heroes nonetheless. 

 Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

David Quirk – Approaching Perfection (gloriously weird and dark and freaky-deeky) 

Susie Youssef – Check Youssef Before You Wreck Youssef (worth going for the title alone, but thankfully she’s also very funny) 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream In Gotham (OK I just searched “Batman” on the EdFringe website and this came up and it appears to be Shakespeare crossed with Batman because it’s Edinburgh and of course it is)  

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

David Cameron because he gets a few mentions and I think it’d be very awkward for him and would allow me to do some ripper crowd work. 

 The reason why one should come and see your show?

Because I try mighty hard and lots of other people have liked it so why should you be any different what you think you’re special or something you think you’re better than me?? 

 The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Play skittles out the back of Sheep Heid Inn and put on a funny voice and pretend your Mary, Queen of Scots. 

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

I’d invite Beyonce and Jay-Z so we can just have a nice chat about this whole “Lemonade” business and sort it out once and for all.

Tom Ballard – The World Keeps Happening Assembly 21:15

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