Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?
Because in regards to August, I got nowhere else to go.
What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?
The show was born out of frustration with my last show which I wasn’t fully pleased with. I wanted to do a silly show, a departure from what I have done before, and start to enjoy comedy again. I have had the idea of the show for a few years but was inspired to do it this year by how horrible a time I had last year.
Stand-out Fringe moment to date?
Having the voice of Ash Ketchum from Pokemon in my show last. I didn’t have many in and asked audience if they wanted to carry on, they wanted it and was a really lovely gig, I then found out on Twitter who she was.
Or in 2012 when I was working as a postman walking out and seeing a man I delivered to who had made the effort to check me out which meant a lot.
When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?
Doing free shows sometimes people only want to watch 40 mins before going onto something else. What would make it worse is if they say “I’m really enjoying it, but I got to go to another show”
That is a terrible moment, someone has used the show as a time killer, might as well be a coffee shop.
Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?
I live near London, I think in terms of bringing through new talent, giving them stage time we are way behind other cities. Glasgow/Edinburgh have got the Stand Red Raw, Birmingham Glee has got Rough Works and Brighton Komedia has comic boom.
One person who has sought to rectifies this is Bobby Carroll who gave me one of my first paid gigs, he is a champion of new acts and one of the nicest people in comedy.
Soon London will lose him to Edinburgh and it will be poorer for it.
Three shows you must see this Fringe?
Phil Ellis, Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Brennan Reece.
The one person you’d love to see your show and why?
The voice of Pikachu would complete the set wouldn’t it.
The reason why one should come and see your show?
It is different, it’s theatre, storytelling, stand up, silly, sad and just a really fun show to perform. I always enjoy a show where I can see how much the performer is enjoying themselves
The one thing in Edinburgh you must do?
Ah sorry, you’re dead. But least you can have that dinner party you’ve always wanted. Who are you inviting?
How big is the table? Can it fit all 150 Pokemon around it?
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