Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?
If you’ve a show you like performing there is no better place to do it. Not only will the Fringe sharpen even the most experienced comics, you also get to see the shows from other people who you admire on the most wide ranging subjects known to man.
Also, stand up tends to be a world of few hard and fast deadlines so every so often it’s nice to impose some structure on it. Doing Edinburgh does that because you have to have an hour of new material ready to go every August.
What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?
I haven’t been to the Fringe for a couple of years and the current show is about what I’ve been up to in the interim. It’s been an eventful couple of years. I got married, fired machine guns on my honeymoon (because what screams romance more than an AK47) and made two TV series. The second TV series was a science comedy show which featured me doing various stunts that were meant to demonstrate a scientific principle or invention. I bet no-one else’s Edinburgh show will be about surviving a centrifuge used to train astronauts in Poland or which way to lean when hurtling down a bobsled track with the German youth bobsled champions.
We even celebrated the work of one famous Scot on Irish TV, John Dunlop who invented the first practical pneumatic tyre. Seems obvious to me, you’d drive a Monster Truck to highlight that invention, right?
Stand-out Fringe moment to date?
I think the first time you get a 5 star review from one of the outlets that’s held in high esteem is very special. If you’re a young comic coming to the most innovative and varied festival in the world a review like that confirms something in your head.
“Yes this is where I should be.”
When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?
Once I had this family of a dad and his two teenage sons in the front row. The dad seemed to be holding his arm in a horizontal position under his shirt like it was in a sling.
I said: “If you don’t mind me asking, what happened to your arm?”
He then flattened out his shirt and it was clear he only had one arm. Then he said:
The whole audience went quiet only for the moment to be punctured by his son saying: “No it wasn’t. Dad you’re a such a bastard.”
Cue relief all around.
Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?
In Edinburgh it’s the techs I think. The poor so and so’s have to listen to the same shows over and over again. It’s probably not too bad if they’ve light and sound cues but if it’s just stand up and they’ve to sit there for an hour with nothing to do but absorb the same jokes over and over for 25 nights that must be tough.
Three shows you must see this Fringe?
Foil Arms and Hog.
The Irish sketch group is going from strength to strength. The lads are Fringe favourites at this stage and I’ve had a chance to gig with them lately. They’re on fire so I’d love to catch the full hour.
Love that you can go to see these guys tell different stories featuring different characters on different days. I’ll definitely check them out again this year.
If you can get a ticket.
The one person you’d love to see your show and why?
My dad. He hasn’t seen this show and he features in couple of places. I’d be keen to get his reaction mainly to confirm the suspicion I have that I’m not out of the will.
The reason why one should come and see your show?
I think people will like the show if the tour so far is anything to go by. If that is not motivation enough, I will use my contacts in Anonymous to work out who has not gone to other shows but not mine. After I win the Euromillions I will slowly and methodically use my fortune to exact revenge on all those people Les Miserables stylee.
The one thing in Edinburgh you must do?
Go to the Hearts Hibs derby.
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CTR ALT Delamere – The Auditorium (venue 64), Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 21.00 Friday 5th 12th August 2016