Who is your favourite cartoon character and why?
I enjoy Elmer Fudd and Wile E Coyote. Both hell-bent on Sisyphean tasks. The futility to their endeavours is quite amusing, especially through an adult’s eyes.
What’s one of the best compliments you’ve received and what was it that made it significant for you?
Numerous times I’ve walked onstage in Glasgow and people have shouted “Briefcase Wanker” at me. To me that’s a compliment, as it’s very much the image I try to radiate before I start rapping. I don’t have to try particularly hard though, in fairness.
Describe your ideal front row audience member.
I enjoy audience members who get involved, and joyfully throw me specific suggestions at the right intervals. I had a 90-year-old man in the front row of a gig recently, and converted him to understanding what hip hop was by the end of it. He seemed to enjoy it, despite the strong language. I also like audience members who laugh openly, as opposed to internally.
Which comedy routines have you watched until you know them by heart?
Eddie Izzard’s “Do you have a flag?” routine regularly still plays on loop in my head. She’s made so many surreal masterpieces. And while it’s not a comedy routine, I could probably tell you every word of MC Juice and MC Supernatural’s freestyle rap battle from 1999. Some iconic punchlines from both of them.
What did you miss most about comedy in the last two years? What do you value more now because of it?
I definitely value the pace of face-to-face interactions a lot more. It’s tough to do crowd work on Zoom. Bad wi-fi really sucks the rhythm out of comic timing. On the flip side, a mute button for hecklers would be a welcome addition in real life.
Which podcast can you not live without?
The Bugle is a wonderful masterclass in bitter, depressing, acerbic rants. It’s also brilliantly funny. Andy Zaltzman is like a walking thesaurus.
Which shows do you have a great feeling about at this year’s Fringe?
Lily Phillips will have a great Fringe I think. And Sam Lake is doing his debut hour, he’s a nice young man with a head full of cake. Also, Baby Wants Candy will be bringing ‘Shamilton’ (their improvised Hamilton) to the Fringe this year, and I’m very excited about that. And my improv team is sharing a venue with Basil Brush, so I look forward to backstage chats with him.
Tell us about your Fringe show.
It’s called ‘MC Hammersmith: 1 Man 8 Mile’, and it’s an hour of improvised comedy raps based entirely on your suggestions. It’s got auto-tune, spontaneous rhymes, and it’s at The Hive at midday. If you’re an Edinburgh local, you’ll know why that’s worth mentioning.
Anything else you want to tell us?
The Hive is a classy establishment and I respect it greatly.
Click here to buy tickets for MC Hammersmith: One Man Eight Mile
12 noon | Monkey Barrel (The Hive) | 5 – 28 August (not 8, 15, 22)
You can also see Will in Spontaneous Potter: The Unofficial Improvised Parody
5pm | Gilded Balloon Teviot (Debating Hall) | 3 – 29 August (not 4)
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