Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?
Most of the time you do comedy you are performing as part of a bill of other acts in front of people on a night out, you do 20 minutes of stuff you know works usually, then you get off because everyone is ready for a drink. When people watch a fringe show they have a different mindset, they’re not on a night out, there’s more of a ‘lets see what this person has to say’ mentality, they invest in the hour (supposedly), so it allows you a bit more artistic license to either experiment a bit more (if you fancy doing something a bit weirder), or to do a show based around something you specifically want to talk about (and hopefully get an audience who are also interested in that subject to come along to it). So that is the reason to do it, I think, it’s certainly not financial.
What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?
I’m just always getting slightly older, I recently came to the realisation that my dreams are a bit more boring these days, so that’s where the show begins.
Stand-out Fringe moment to date?
A few years ago I went along to Simon Munnery’s conceptual restaurant show ‘La Concepta’, it was superb. If he ever does it again I’d recommend that above anything else. Or were you asking about my own achievements? In which case, managing to get a ticket to ‘La Concepta’
When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?
I did a show a few years ago to 3 people during a fire alarm. It wasn’t that bad a memory though, guess it’s all experience.
Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?
Seymour Mace, although, he actually got nominated for the main award last year, which is encouraging. His shows have been great for years though, he’s right at the top of my favourite comics list.
Three shows you must see this Fringe?
Phil Ellis’s new show sounds like it’ll be great, Seymour again, Chris Stokes probably, I like him too
The one person you’d love to see your show and why?
Tony Blair. Topical joke coming up. You see, I went on the anti-war march in 2003, so it would be nice to be actually listened to by him this time. See, bit of satire for you there, just in case the Mock The Week producers are are reading this.
The reason why one should come and see your show?
Because I seriously doubt anyone else has written a joke about a sexually aggressive cauliflower
The one thing in Edinburgh you must do?
I like the Botanic Gardens, I don’t know if its ‘the one thing’ you must do, but it’s a nice distance from the centre of town and so a good place to head to if you fancy getting away from the crowds/flyerers for an afternoon.
Ah sorry, you’re dead. But least you can have that dinner party you’ve always wanted. Who are you inviting?
Ingmar Bergman, Caroline Aherne, David Bowie and F Scott Fitzgerald (Zelda can’t come though, I want to be able to relax not thinking its going to kick off every few minutes).