Impertinent questions for Christopher Macarthur-Boyd

Christopher Macarthur-Boyd

Ahead of the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe (which starts in one month!), the first comedian to satisfy our curiosity is Christopher Macarthur-Boyd. If you haven’t heard of him yet, you will soon!

What is your favourite synonym for “bum”?

Arse, by far.

Whose swearing makes you laugh the most?

Family members who spent the first twenty-or-so years of your life pretending like they don’t swear. Then, all of a sudden, you turn 26 and your granda is calling his neighbour a cunt.

Who should come to see your show and why?

People who find humour in the sadder aspects of being alive.

Who are you excited about seeing this year?

Stephen Buchanan is doing his first hour, and I think it’s going to be dynamite. Rosco McClelland has a new show that I’ve seen a few previews of. Ed Night’s show is brilliant as well, from what I’ve seen of it.

Imagine you come off stage and find a wish come true. Which food/drink/present/person would be waiting for you?

My rider, on the rare occasions that I actually have a rider, is two cans of full-fat Irn Bru and a twenty deck of Marlboro Lights. That’s all I need to be happy.

Describe your perfect day at the Fringe.

All the gigs were lovely and I didn’t bump into anybody awful. That’s my version of Kurt Vonnegut’s gravestone with the inscription, ‘Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt’.

How long does it take to come down after a show and how do you do it?

A few hours. It’s a lot more pleasant than coming down from MDMA. I’ve never done ten minutes at a new act night then spent the entire next day lying in bed with my heart beating harder than it’s ever beat before, with wide eyes and slightly blunter molars. To come down from a gig, I usually need a bit of alone time, or a quiet rum-and-coke, or a gaming binge. It’s much gentler.

In the game “Would You Rather” the hardest choice you have had to make?
Somebody once asked me if I’d rather shag my mum or shag my dad, and the difficult decision I made at that point was to abandon any hopes of considering that person a friend.

What’s your favourite Brexit metaphor?

When Comedy Bang Bang toured the UK with their live show, me and Rosco drove from Glasgow down to Manchester to see them, and an American improviser called John Gabrus had a great one in-character as the intern Gino Lombardo.

Who or what helped you believe you were going to make it in comedy?

The utter hopelessness of every other endeavour I’ve ever attempted.

Tell us something your agent doesn’t want us to know.

I recetly shat myself.

Buy tickets for Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Dreamboat here

9pm | Gilded Balloon Teviot | 31 Jul, 1-11, 13-25 Aug


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