Punchline Quizzes Owen Roberts

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).


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