In the Hot Seat: John-Luke Roberts

Photograph of John-Luke RobertsClose your eyes and picture Edinburgh. What do you see?

Rows and rows of vans selling crêpes (sweet and savoury) while someone nearby flyers for a show they haven’t seen.

What is the last thing that made you snort with laughter?

I laughed for about ten minutes at an aubergine. Just completely lost it. It wasn’t even a particularly oddly shaped aubergine, I just found the whole idea of an aubergine hilarious. Don’t worry though – I would never just present an audience with an aubergine and expect them to laugh.

Tell us about this year’s show.

It’s an hour of idiosyncratic-idiotic-character-clowning-stand-up, through which I attempt and succeed in making the best show ever.

Who do you want to see this year?

Michael Brunström. He’s doing a whole show about parsley.

Do you have any Edinburgh Fringe traditions?

I get over excited on the last day, start drinking a bit too early, and end up really cross.

What is your getting ready music?

The Best of Madness, on shuffle. It’s almost become a superstition now, so I don’t know how to get out of it.

If you could have any guest in your show, who would it be?

It’s tricky having any guest in a solo show. I suppose I’d go for Steve Martin just sitting at the side and giving me encouraging “thumbs up” and “a-ok” hand signals. And nodding.

What is the best backhanded compliment you have had?

Today someone said ‘You were so funny. I couldn’t believe it.’

Who made you howl with laughter when you were a child?

The cast of ‘Allo ‘Allo.

What should Donald Trump know?

The less, the better.

What do you do in Edinburgh that your parents wouldn´t approve of?


Catch John-Luke Roberts: Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair! (All in Caps) at 2.20pm at Heroes @ Monkey Barrel until 27 August


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