Joe DeRosa Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

 Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

Well, I’m more “why not bother” guy than a “why bother” guy. Why bother? Are you really asking me this? It’s the fucking Edinburgh fucking Fringe fucking Festival! It’s an absolute honor and a thrill to be a part of this event!

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

The material in this show was inspired by shitty people that I don’t like. All those shitty people were the nuggets. Thank you, you nuggets of shit, for providing me with a seemingly endless amount of your shitty behavior, as it annoyed me to the point of writing an hour of comedy about it and now I get to go to Edinburgh.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

This is my first time participating in the Fringe and I’ve never been to Scotland. But prepping for the trip has been exciting. The folks at the festival and the UK press have shown me a ton of love and support so far and that’s been amazing.

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

It’s not so much a question of when, but more question of how frequently. I’d say I wish for the hole between seven and fourteen times per hour.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

Here’s the thing: every comedian thinks they’re an unsung hero. So let’s not further support anybody’s delusional thinking by naming names. 

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

Alan Cumming, Daniel Sloss, and Ari Shafir.

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

My Uncle John because he’s dead so that would be FUCKED UP.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

It’ll be funny and entertaining (I know that’s two reasons but they’re good reasons).

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

I really wanna go to that graveyard where all the Harry Potter names came from. Seriously. I’m doing that on my first day off.

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

Definitely my Uncle John because he’s dead too. And George Carlin. In my mind he’s the greatest comedian that ever lived. His work has been a giant inspiration. And Frank Zappa. I feel similarly about his music as I do about Carlin’s comedy. Plus I have a Zappa tattoo, so I should probably invite him.


Joe Derosa brings his show Zero Forward Progress to the Underbelly Belly Laugh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 3rd – 28th August at 9:00 pm.

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