Will Duggan Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

It’s a laugh innit. And it beats wearing a tie to work.

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

I’ve just been really desperate to get all my little thoughts out into one cohesive thing. The podcast Comedian’s Comedian with Stuart Goldsmith has been very helpful when I’ve had writers block. That and my friend Kiri telling me to work harder.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

In 2014 I was in a show that did well and someone came up to tell me that they’d seen it, really enjoyed it and would I mind a picture. Which was very nice. But at the time I was talking to Julian Barratt who’d been to see the show that day and they didn’t recognise him. That’s arrogant isn’t it? Not bothered, I felt like a King.

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

I had only been doing comedy about a year and I was booked to do a 15 minute bit at a charity night before a TV comic did an hour. Just before it’s due to start the organiser comes over and says ‘XXXX isn’t here can you do an hour and a half?’ I told him that I was pushing it by doing 15. He said ‘Just do what you can’.

He then went on the stage and into the microphone “Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen who’s looking forward to XXXXX?’ The crowd go wild. ‘Well he’s not here, please welcome Will Duggan.’

I did forty minutes to complete silence.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at present?

My girlfriend for putting up with me being moody and brooding about Edinburgh for the last year.

So many to be honest. There are so many brilliant comics, bookers, agents, producers who all work tirelessly and don’t get the acclaim they deserve.

Three shows you must see this Fringe?

James Acaster. He makes the rest of us look bad.

Brennan Reece. Great mate of mine and a phenomenally talented comedian

Kiri Pritchard McLean. The smartest person I know, and hilarious to boot.

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

Simon Holt. He was my drama teacher at school and the first person apart from me who thought I was funny. I’m not comping him in though. He can buy a ticket.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

Because I’ve worked dead hard on it and I think it’s funny. Isn’t that enough! What do people want from me, blood? If you come and see the show I PROMISE you’ll get into heaven. There.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Apologise to the locals for taking over their city.

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

No-one. I’m dead. Let me have some peace.

Will Duggan: A Man Gathering Fish is at the Pleasance Courtyard at 6:45pm, 3rd – 28th August 


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