Stuart Laws Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

Basically, I was so preoccupied with whether or not I could. Didn’t really stop to think whether I should.

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

This year’s show came about from me MCing a gig and accidentally mentioning the time I worked at a puffin sanctuary. Turns out people were quite interested in it, so decided to go back to my hometown and reacquaint myself with the place and see if there were any tales I could tell from my time there. It’s also a bit inspired by my brother who I haven’t spoken to for a long time, sort of feel like he was the inspiration for me taking up stand up.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

Hosting a comedy roast with Matt Winning and getting Lloyd Griffith to speed eat broccoli, choke and vomit it back up and then, on the behest of a baying crowd, eat the sick.

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

Any time I have to flyer and get asked the question “are you funny?”

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

Al Clayton – co-producer at Turtle Canyon Comedy, he’s incredible. Steve Dunne – one of the funniest people, works on loads of shows but people don’t realise it.

Three shows you must see this Fringe?

Fin Taylor has the most incredible show, laughed so much throughout the preview in Mach. Annie McGrath has a superb, weird and hilarious show. Harriet Kemsley has a real confident, funny second show: next level stuff.

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

My brother, I think it’d be nice if he could see things from my perspective.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

Come see my show if you want to learn more about puffins? I don’t know. This is very close to the “are you funny?” question. Maybe don’t come? If you’ve seen me before then I’m trying to market this show as a “Honk Honk” origin story. If you want to know why I came to saying that a lot, this show will answer that question.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Get away from comedians and talking about comedy.

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

Why are you trying to get me to have dinner with dead people?


Stuart Laws, So Preoccupied Whether Or Not He Could, Didn’t Stop To Think Whether He Should Pleasance Courtyard 18:00


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