Angus Dunican Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

Because it’s the only time of year I get to see all my mates!

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

Well I started off wanting to write this thing about about how we routinely shed our skins as we get older and it’s funny comparing yourself to the prat you used to be. However, after a bit, this larger theme emerged that was more broadly to do with how we tell people how to ‘see’ us. Also, an old buddy of mine departed this dimension and thinking about him helped coagulate a lot of the ideas. He was, in the words of Hunter Thompson, “One of God’s own prototypes.” I guess it’s about how we co-opt people into telling our story for us.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

A small group of my fans (I was as surprised too) came to see my last show a second time and brought me a chocolate caterpillar cake.

BONUS ANSWER: Tom Tuck’s illicit and communal booze filled rendition of his show in a carpark.

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

Having to go on first during the Amused Moose Final 2013. When you draw lots for the running order of that show, you can’t help but feel like a group of marooned sailors drawing straws to see who gets eaten. I got eaten.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

 Paul Foxcroft (Improv deity. No one deserves to be on or making TV more than he)

Mike Shepherd (One of the hardest working comics I know)

Lucy Frederick (My fellow member of the ‘I-used-to-live-in-Sussex’ support group)

Luke Benson (Genetically funnier than you. Full stop)

Jonathan Hearn (Has quietly and diligently built one of the few remaining quality open mics)

Bisha K. Ali (Current holder of my personal ‘Best Joke’ award)

Gregory Akerman (There’s no one quite like him!)

Alice and Dave Taylor-Matthews (Power couple behind the very best of the Bristol scene)

Catherine Scott (A little stick of Geordie dynamite)

Ian Smith (I know he has won awards and be on TV but he deserves more!)

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

Pierre Novellie: Cool Peter

Liam Williams’ new play ‘Travesty’

Joz Norris: Hello, Goodbye

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

Mike Birbiglia so I could collar him and tell him how much of a massive influence he’s been and he would say “Jesus! Get away from me!” it’s a thing we do.

…That, or literally ANYONE who’s the commissioning editor of anything. 

The reason why one should come and see your show?

It’s funny and I wrote it for you.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Actually go home every once in a while…that or get a complete change of blood.


Angus Dunican – The Vanity Project, Gilded Balloon Counting House 16:15

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