Punchline Quizzes The Pin

19 Jul

Photograph of The PinWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

A man called Ian Wentworth who we honestly can’t recommend.

Which words make you giggle or give you an inner flip of amusement?

Cackling too hard to answer this properly – we’ll let you guess which word set us off. (it’s ‘make,’ uh oh, off we go again!)

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

The sitcom Frasier and cocaine.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

Always sharing a little hug before we go on.

Where is your favourite place to go for food during the Edinburgh Fringe?

The Savoy Grill in London – hell of a commute but wow what a menu.

What’s the weirdest thing an audience member has ever said to you?

“My name is Ezekiel Prendergast, and am I a sorcerer and tailor of fine repute.”

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?

Exploit the weaknesses of others and make good use of your tech time.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

Tim Key and a clone of Tim Key and the sketch would be about how much to tip the waiter and how has Key been cloned.

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.

We definitely wouldn’t be writing this in a waiting room in Carlisle if we hadn’t unluckily got on the wrong train.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

Ian Wentworth – gonna finally tell the guy to get lost.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Trying to galvanise the community into re-instating the title of ‘King of the Scots’ and nominating yourself for the role.

 

Catch The Pin: Backstage at Pleasance Courtyard at 8pm, 1 – 27 August (not 11 or 20)

After three multi award-winning series on BBC Radio 4, ‘the next Mitchell and Webb’ (Times) are back at the Fringe with a brand-new show that’s ‘hysterical’ (Independent), ‘masterful’ (Sunday Times), and ‘gorgeously skewed’ (Guardian). Expect a ‘very classy, very funny’ (Telegraph) hour from the creators of BBC Three’s Oi, Leonardo! and writers for Famalam (BBC Three) and Tracey Ullman’s Show (BBC One). As seen on W1A (BBC Two) and Wannabe (BBC Three). ‘The most exciting new comedy duo working today’ (David Walliams). **** (Times). **** (Guardian). **** (Telegraph). **** (Sunday Times). **** (Chortle.co.uk). ***** (Skinny). ***** (List).

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Punchline Quizzes Rosie Jones

18 Jul

Photograph of Rosie JonesWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

I do – my pants are currently in the washing machine as we speak! Ooo there’s nothing quite like the smell of clean laundry, is there?

Which words make you giggle or give you an inner flip of amusement?

So many words! In my Northern accent any word with a ‘u’ in sounds funny. ‘Bubble’ is one of my favourites; I feel a tickle in my mouth when I say it.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

God, it’s quite embarrassing, but do you remember Candy Crush, the game that everybody was addicted to, about five years ago? Well, I’m still playing it. Every day. I’m on level 3350. It makes me feel a little queasy when I think of all the hours I’ve wasted on that game. But it relaxes me, and sometimes I need to escape into my little Candy Crush world.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

It’s a stone cold classic… ‘Four Candles’. My favourite routines play with words, and The Two Ronnies were insanely talented at this. In my own routines, I agonise over wording for hours on end. A joke is a jigsaw, and it’s my job as a comedian to provide the exact amount of pieces the audience needs to see the whole picture.

Where is your favourite place to go for food during the Edinburgh Fringe?

Mosque Kitchen – Every. Single. Day. I can’t tell you how nice it is, and the portion sizes are crazy generous. It’s also great when you need a big intake of veggies, which I sometimes forget to consume during the Fringe!

What’s the weirdest thing an audience member has ever said to you?

Usually, the audience is great, and at the end of a gig they say nothing but lovely things. But the other week somebody did come up to me and spent ten minutes mansplaining my own joke back to me…I was like, “yeh, I know why it’s funny, I bloody wrote it!”

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?

I learnt so much last year: don’t start every single gig with a rum and coke, don’t let all your friends stay in your room during the most stressful month of your life and don’t stay out past five in the morning every day for a month! But the biggest lesson I learnt was to go with my comedy gut; if you find it funny, chances are, somebody else will.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

Great, great question. So many choices, but I think I would have to go with French and Saunders. They are living legends and I grew up on a healthy dose of their sketch shows, The Vicar of Dibley and Ab Fab. French, Saunders & Jones…do you think they’d be up for that?!

I’d love to do one of their film parodies with them – their Silence of the Lambs sketch still cracks me up!

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.

That’s interesting, I don’t think I’m here because of any coincidence or piece of luck, this has been seven year journey… actually, more of a twenty eight year journey! I am quite ‘lucky’ to have worked in the media industry (as a researcher) since I was twenty one, so I know a lot a lot of people in the business on a personal level… but that’s not really luck, that’s hard work.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

I’m excited to see so many people this year, it’s going to be quite a female dominated Fringe and a lot of my friends are taking their debut hour. My top picks are Heidi Regan and Sindhu Vee.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Going out without a jacket or umbrella! Even if it looks sunny, chances are it’ll chuck it down at some point during the day. God bless the Scottish summer!

 

Catch Rosie Jones: Fifteen Minutes at Pleasance at 8.30pm, 1 – 26 August (not 13)

Rosie Jones is a comedian with a penchant for being mischievous. Her cerebral palsy doesn’t slow her down in the slightest. Catch her before she wobbles her way to stardom! As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats and Silent Witness. Finalist: Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2018, Amused Moose Comedy’s National New Comic Award 2017. ‘It’s rare to see a comedian who exudes such joy’ (Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk).

Punchline Quizzes Micky Overman

17 Jul

Photograph of Micky OvermanWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

I do. What?

Which words make you giggle or give you an inner flip of amusement?

Anything old-timey, like when I hear ‘jolly good’ in the real life present. Also when someone uses the word ‘dumb’ for a compliment. That’s the best.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

Sleep. I love sleep. I don’t get enough sleep. So, basically, coffee.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

Oh that would be one by Dutch comedian Bert Visscher, who did a routine about working in a flower shop that was so dumb (see?!) it made me cry laughing. I love it so much I made my friend watch it, and he has no Dutch so he was like: what fresh hell is this?

Where is your favourite place to go for food during the Edinburgh Fringe?

It’s boring but Mosque Kitchen.

What’s the weirdest thing an audience member has ever said to you?

No one’s said anything weird necessarily, but I did have a female audience member tell me they didn’t like female comics and I had to go: I’m on next. And you know what? I did not change her mind.

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?

That it’s possible to feel all the feelings at the same time. And that I’m able to handle that, because I’ve got amazing people around me.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

Hugh Laurie and Amy Schumer. I think. I have no suggestions what that would look like, because I’m sure that combination makes no sense. What’s Hugh doing there? I don’t know, I just really liked him in Blackadder.

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.

My Canadian VISA expired which meant I had to leave the country resulting in me not knowing what to do with my life, and panicking decided to move to London to try stand up. That’s pretty lucky.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

All the amazing ladies who are debuting besides me this year. Off the top of my head it’s: Heidi Regan, Catherine Bohart, Sarah Keyworth, Sindhu Vee, Rosie Jones, Maisie Adam, Olga Koch. And that’s just the ones I can think of.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Tell yourself you’re gonna be healthy and exercise and not drink too much. Come on.

 

Catch Micky Overman: Role Model at Pleasance Courtyard at 10.30pm, 1 – 26 August (not 13)

Rising star Micky Overman presents her highly anticipated debut show. Being a nanny and raising a teenage girl, Micky figures out how to set an example when she herself has made some pretty questionable choices. She’ll try and discover the best path to become a cool and collected human woman. Expect devastating honesty, a hint of silliness, a ton of good advice and some absolute filth. Nominee: Chortle Best Newcomer 2018. Finalist: Funny Women and Leicester Square New Comedian 2016. ‘A keen comic mind’ (Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk). ‘Brutal and dark’ (Bruce Dessau, BeyondTheJoke.co.uk).

Punchline Quizzes: Sindhu Vee

17 Jul

Photograph of Sindhu VeeWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

IS THIS A TRICK QUESTION? Obviously my dog is trained to do it.

(I do).

Which words make you giggle or give you an inner flip of amusement?

Curmudgeonly

Modicum

Intestate

Wankery

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

Cigarettes

Chocolate chip cookies

(In that order)

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

Eddie Murphy describing his family cookout in Delirious

Where is your favourite place to go for food during the Edinburgh Fringe?

There’s a van that sells grilled cheese sandwiches near Abattoir. If that isn’t there this year then Meltmongers grilled cheese.

For breakfast (especially proper tea) and if I’m missing home — Dhishoom

What’s the weirdest thing an audience member has ever said to you?

I was leaving a gig at which I’d killed — it wasn’t in London and it was on a boat — a guy from the audience was standing alone having a beer. As I passed him he said “I thought your stuff was awful. Standing on stage talking about all your elite living in India with all your servants. It was so unbearable I couldn’t even watch, I had to leave. It made me sick to my stomach”

I said “err, I didn’t say anything about my life in India or anyone’s household help”. Then I turned around and left.

Weird that he hated my set about a bunch of stuff I didn’t even say.

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?

That practice is everything (the comedy boot camp that is the Fringe is a blessing in this regard) and that if you don’t have close pals you can’t survive in life (because you definitely can’t survive that month).

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

It would be about two groups of overzealous helicopter mothers at school trying to outdo each other for some school event but how their plans are sabotaged because one camp has me and the other has a mother who’s a non English speaking mom with a criminal past from whatever country she’s from. Her and I become friends because we can’t stand the others. And we ruin all their stupid over-elaborate plans.

Kristen Wiig

Ali Wong

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.

Someone I knew very vaguely put me on a group mailing list about a stand up gig she was doing for charity. That email led me to Funny Women which led me to a workshop if they were running which got me to do my first gig in a bar in Soho which made me realise what my calling is. And here I am doing it professionally now.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

All the shows of all my comedy peers.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Lurching from the Loft to Brooks Bar to Abattoir every single night with comedy folk and getting home around 6am. I did it one year and I still have nightmares about it. [A note from Punchline – these are the performers’ bars at Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly. You need passes to get in]

 

Catch Sindhu Vee: Sandhog at Pleasance Courtyard at 4.30pm, 1 – 26 August

Loving your children, spouse and aging parents (in that order, please don’t tell my mother) is very hard work, very intense and, a lot of the time, it sucks. But who wants to live without love? Highly anticipated debut from host of BBC Radio 4’s Comedy of the Week podcast. As seen on QI (BBC Two), Have I Got News for You (BBC One) and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave), and heard on The Guilty Feminist podcast. ‘Refreshing; clever stuff’ (Bruce Dessau). ‘Acerbic perspective and unapologetic delivery of less politically correct home truths’ (List). ‘Priceless’ (Chortle.co.uk).

Punchline Quizzes Owen Roberts

13 Jul
Photograph of Owen Roberts

Photograph by Ben Carpenter

Who puts your pants in the washing machine?
Me, I’m a grown up

Which words make you giggle or give you an inner flip of amusement?
Pamphlet, undercarriage and syllabub.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.
I’m addicted to peanut butter, baths, and kids’ TV from the early 90’s. If I could somehow combine the three, that would be amazing.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?
Hans Teeuwen does a ventriloquist act where he makes a sock puppet eat a mars bar while singing ‘Knights in White satin’. It’s genius.

Where is your favourite place to go for food during the Edinburgh Fringe?
City Restaurant, they do a banging fry up and I’m in love with the lady who runs it.

What’s the weirdest thing an audience member has ever said to you?
“Your balls look weird.”

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?
You can’t please everyone, someone will always hate your work, so ignore them and do it anyway.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?
Well this is awkward, because I’m in a sketch group called Beasts with two other guys, so I probably should say them. However I’m going to go with the Chuckle Brothers, and a sketch about the Hindenburg Disaster.

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.
I started dating a woman who has a six year old child. That child has now written my show this year. If I hadn’t met her I’d be doing a very different show right now.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?
Two members of Beasts are doing their first solo show this year, me and Ciaran Dowd, I’m really excited to seeing what his show’s like. I’m not saying it’s a competition but if his show is better I’ll cry.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?
Just wandering around and seeing what takes your fancy. If you want to see something book ahead, loads of stuff sells out and you don’t want to be sat there with nothing to watch like a loser.

 

Catch Owen Roberts: I Let a Six-Year-Old Write My Show at the Pleasance Courtyard at 4.45pm, 1 – 27 August (not 13)

After a severe case of writer’s block, Owen has thrown caution to the wind and decided to let a child write his show for him. Kids are funny, right? What could possibly go wrong? She can’t spell, she can’t sit still for more than 30 seconds, and her ideas are wildly unrealistic to say the least. This show is about the weird stuff children think and how bloody difficult it is to work with them. From one third of sketch legends BEASTS: ‘A tsunami of silliness’ **** (Telegraph).

Punchline Quizzes Carl Donnelly

13 Jul

Photograph of Carl DonnellyWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

I do. I’m actually a big fan of chores. I find them very relaxing and they give you good thinking time.

Which words make you giggle or give you an inner flip of amusement?

Limes. We had a running joke on our podcast about that word for some reason.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

I am blessed without an addictive personality luckily so can do anything in moderation if I so choose.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

Norm Macdonald’s routine about heart attacks and buying a defibrillator.

Where is your favourite place to go for food during the Edinburgh Fringe?

The Auld Hoose serves vegan nachos that are so big that it feels like an episode of Man Vs Food. A couple of times each fringe a few of us go there to take on the challenge.

What’s the weirdest thing an audience member has ever said to you?

I once got invited to a party after a gig and it turned out to be a 50th birthday party of the stepfather of the person who asked me. It was in a conservatory about 10 miles away. I went and it ended up being a fun but quite strange evening.

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?

To not worry about what people think of you. My early years at the fringe were spent stressing about reviews, etc. but once I learned to stop reading them and just enjoy being at the biggest arts festival in the world performing my own show, I started enjoying it a lot more.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

Tommy Tiernan and Phil Kay. They’re my two favourite comedians so it would probably be about an awkward fan boy who is trying to act cool around two of his heroes.

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.

Going to the Banana Cabaret in South London in 2002 because my girlfriend at the time wanted to watch some comedy. I had never seen stand-up before and it blew my mind and set me on a course that ended with me trying it a few years later. The rest is history.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

The guys who run Jordan Valley whole foods on Nicholson Street. Every fringe I live around the corner and pop in most days and not only do I really like the food they sell but I love just how little they care about the fringe. They are a daily dose of reality amongst all the madness.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Constantly talking to people about shows. We’re all up there doing and seeing shows so it’s nice to chat to people about normal things to remind ourselves we’re not the centre of the universe.

 

Catch Carl Donnelly: Strictly Carl Donnelly! at The Counting House at 6.45pm, 2 – 26 August (not 13)

Join this ‘observational genius’ (Guardian) for his 10th solo show! In 10 years he’s been married, divorced, happy, depressed and twice nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award. This year he’s taking stock and seeing if his life, in those 10 years of coming to the Fringe, has lived up to his expectations. You may have seen him on telly (Mock The Week, Comedy Central) and he’s ‘ludicrously funny’ (Skinny). Come along innit.

Punchline Quizzes Brett Goldstein

12 Jul

Photograph of Brett GoldsteinWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

I do, then put them in the dryer, then get dressed from the dryer.  Cutting out the middle man.  No folding and putting things in drawers.  I’m not wasting my time with that bullshit.

Which words make you giggle or give you an inner flip of amusement?

Epiphany. I’m not into the drink but I like the word Sangria.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

Love and sex. And/or ketamine.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

Patrice O’Neal’s bit about Natalee Holloway in Elephant In The Room.

The comic Earthquake had a bit about Martha Stewart getting her prison sentence on his One Night Stand.

Where is your favourite place to go for food during the Edinburgh Fringe?

Red Box Noodle Bar

What’s the weirdest thing an audience member has ever said to you?

“I saw you at the Fringe last year you were phenomenal.”  I wasn’t at the Fringe last year.

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?

The concept of ‘the industry’ and what you need to do to get work is an amorphous concept that doesn’t exist and that the people ‘in charge’, if they do exist, have no idea what they are doing.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

I would do a sketch with James Acaster and Josh Widdicombe called “Soft Boys” and it would be a pastiche of Men Behaving Badly about three nice boys sharing a flat and taking turns with the ironing and talking whimsically about their feelings.

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.

Because of a terrible film I was in, I became friends with someone who invited me on a trip where I met some people who go on to became some of the most important people in my whole life who have influenced and helped me for the last ten years. I guess the lesson is be in bad films.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

I’m excited to see whatever Lou Sanders has conjured up this year.  And I want to know what Luke McQueen has planned.  Both of these performers are genuinely exciting in a way live comedy often is not. By which I mean I’m scared of them.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Seeing six shows in a day. You think it will be fun but you’ll fall asleep in two of them and it can be quite upsetting for performers. They typically hate sleeping audience members.  Honestly they are quite needy when you think about it.

 

Catch Brett Goldstein: What Is Love Baby Don’t Hurt Me at the Pleasance Courtyard at 7pm, 1 – 26 August

Sex. Porn. Love. Addiction. Can Brett tell the difference? Brett Goldstein, award-winning comic, actor and writer, returns with a new stand-up show about relationships, psychology, living in a post-porn world and the hell that is being in love. Come help him through this difficult time. ‘Sharply written, impeccably delivered, always charming… Warm, wise stuff’ (Daily Telegraph). ‘Fast paced, dark and brutal, and performed with skill and ease… Oddly philosophical and fascinating.’ (WhatsOnStage.com).

Punchline Quizzes Steen Raskopoulos

12 Jul

Photograph of Steen RaskopoulosWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

Alfred.

Which words make you giggle or give you an inner flip of amusement?

Space Jam.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

My favourite addiction would be Kanye West’s ‘Addiction’ on his Last Registration album.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

Kristen Schaal is a horse.

Where is your favourite place to go for food during the Edinburgh Fringe?

I had a good steak at Ed and Charlie’s house once. [A note from Punchline – they run Underbelly]

What’s the weirdest thing an audience member has ever said to you?

Come with me if you want to live.

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?

Hell exists.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

Aisling Bea and Sara Pascoe – we would be in a sketch group called ‘Oh no you di’n’t’ and our catchphrase, as you could guess would be ‘Don’t tell me what to do! How about you do the hustle!’

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.

I got on the bus that I thought would drop me off at my house. Turns out it was a different bus and this different bus actually drops me closer to my house, which is where I am today.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

Rosie Jones, Sara Baron, Abandoman, Rhys Nicholson, Sam Campbell, Stevie Martin, Felicity Ward, Tessa Coates and Suzi Ruffell

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Trying to take Greyfriars Bobby for a walk.

 

Catch Steen Raskopoulos: Stay at the Underbelly at 8pm, 2 – 26 August (not 13)

The electrifying new show from the gifted character comedian and improviser. Nominated for both the prestigious Barry Award and Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer, Steen’s live shows are a ‘triple threat of performance, material and charisma. A flawless hour of comedy’ ***** (Herald). As seen on Top Coppers (BBC Three), Whose Line is it Anyway? (ABC Australia) and Steen Raskopoulos’ Scare BnB (Sky). ‘Unique and completely hilarious and life-affirming’ ***** (New European). ‘Technically astonishing and emotionally fulfilling’ ***** (List). ‘An inspired and utterly original stand-up’ **** (Sunday Times). ‘Like witnessing a talent explosion’ (Independent).

 

Punchline Quizzes Barry Ferns

11 Jul

Photograph of Barry FernsWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

Nobody puts my pants in the washing machine. I get a Scottish washer woman to clean them by hand every night and to starch them in the morning. I recommend it. There’s nothing like a recently starched pair of Scottish pants.

Which words make you giggle or give you an inner flip of amusement?

Marble Obelisk. Tidy Face. Pompidou.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

Green tea. I have no idea what quirk of boring fate makes green tea one of the things I enjoy most in life, but it is. Green Tea. Addicted.

What´s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

Bill Bailey pumping out the BBC News theme tune like he’s at a post-apocalyptic rave.

Where is your favourite place to go for food during the Edinburgh Fringe?

I love the baked potato place on just off the Royal Mile. Brilliant baked potatoes. Cheap. Happy. Cheerful. Baked. Potatoes

What´s the weirdest thing an audience member has ever said to you?

“Do you consider yourself a Real Man, or a Fake Man? Because a Real Man would follow me out of this club and back to my house right now.” The person then walked out of the club. I didn’t follow them. They scared me.

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?

Your friends are the best way to get through the hardest times. Even if your friends are other comedians that are getting nominated for every comedy award under the sun.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

The Two Chuckle Brothers – about finding out that I am actually the real Barry Chuckle and the other one is a Russian Spy here to infiltrate CBBC.

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.

I ended up accidentally being driven to Edinburgh one year to perform at So You Think You’re Funny. I thought I would miss my heat, but Melanie Miller of the Red Rose Café was going up that VERY night. If I hadn’t gone and done that – I might not be (exacly) where I am today.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

I am inordinately excited to see Masud Milas’ show. I haven’t managed to see it in preview, and I hear it’s brilliant. Also – Daniel Kitson makes me giggle outside. Jen Brister makes me giggle in the porch.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Do not, under any circumstances, do a gig on top of Arthur’s Seat every single day of the festival. That would be an insane idea. You would wear down the cartilage in your knees and get very cold and wet more days than not. I did it in 2012 (and 2013 because I’m a slow learner)

 

Catch Barry Ferns: Barry Loves You at Just The Tonic at The Tron at 9pm, 3 – 27 August (not 13)

An hour of entertainment on what it is like to be the human being Barry Ferns living life in the 21st century*. Here is previous review for a previous show: ‘A marvellous, personal, beautifully constructed, laughter-packed hour’ **** (Scotsman). *This century.

Punchline Quizzes Larry Dean

11 Jul

Photograph of Larry DeanWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

Me, because I choose to live alone. Not my first choice, or my second. But it is totally up to me, okay?

Which words make you giggle or give you an inner flip of amusement?

I love Glaswegian swear words: Fandan, Boaby, Bawbag, Chufter.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

My e-cigarette doesn’t leave my mouth very often, either does Irn Bru.

What´s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

Billy Connolly’s Australia routine or on football songs. Both oldies but classics. Non-Scottish wise, it would have to be Richard Pryor talking about his pets.

Where is your favourite place to go for food during the Edinburgh Fringe?

In my flat, I will only have ham sandwiches and soup but I don’t like busy cafes and there’s nowhere to eat in Edinburgh that isn’t busy in August.

What´s the weirdest thing an audience member has ever said to you?

I did this gag about being a middle-class Glaswegian while I was in Liverpool. It got nothing. Then some guy shouted out “The Titanic was made in Belfast!” Leaving me confused as to what the hell he was on about “That has absolutely nothing to do with anything I’ve said mate.” “Yeah, it’s a fact though…” “Right?” I said, to which he replied “Just like how it’s a fact that you’re not funny.”

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?

That you have to work very hard to get anywhere in life. And that most actors are pricks.

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.

I’ve definitely had luck but probably not a good idea to remember luck as it’s not something you can rely on in the future. I guess I’m lucky me and my ex broke up so I get to put my pants in the washing machine.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

Matt Price. He is doing a show called Last Night A Weegie Saved My Life. It will be brilliant, definitely recommend checking it out.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Eating local cuisine. Have Scottish food, just not the food Scottish people actually eat

 

Catch Larry Dean: Bampot at Assembly Checkpoint at 5pm, 2 – 26 August (not 13)

Fresh from a sell-out international tour and smash-hit Live at the Apollo debut, Larry returns with a new hour of ‘unexpected and excellent’ **** (Times) thoughts on Scottishness, sodomites and self-esteem. ‘Confessional storytelling at its funniest’ ***** (Herald). As seen on Comedy Central at the Comedy Store and Roast Battle. ‘The easy charm of an arena comic and the high joke rate, too’ (Guardian). ‘A winning combination of being daft and a smart aleck’ (Chortle.co.uk). Winner of the Amused Moose Comedy Award 2016. Nominee for Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer 2015.

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