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Impertinent Questions for Laura Lexx

18 Jul

Laura LexxWhat is your favourite synonym for “bum”?

I love tush. It’s so cute.

Whose swearing makes you laugh the most?

Scottish people’s. If combined with the above question, I particularly love a Scot referring to a bumhole as a hoop.

Who should come to see your show and why?

Everyone wanting a clever belly laugh with some social commentary and a healthy smattering of genitalia jokes.

Who are you excited about seeing this year?

I’m excited to see Paul F Taylor’s finished show having seen a work in progress a few months ago. I’m also hotly anticipating my good buddy Matt Hoss’ finished debut. He’s an endearing comedian with so much heart and I can’t wait to see that heart in show form.

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

It’s boring but… it’d be my husband (he is all I ever want to see) waiting with a tub of M&S millionaire bites (they are all I ever want to eat) waiting with a deck of Magic cards (all I ever want to play) and infinite patience for my sulking. Luckily, this is a wish that often comes true for me. I’m very lucky.

Describe your perfect day at the Fringe.

A lie in. It’s important to get up only when ready – I hate having dry eyes. Then breakfast at City Restaurant, then my show goes brilliantly to a sold out room, then I go and do a fun show with a twist like the Noise Next Door’s Lock In or Joke Thieves or something. Then watch TV to wind down and go to bed. Lovely.

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

I’m usually fine by September 15th. Anything before that is impossible to wind down.

In the game “Would You Rather?” what’s the hardest choice you have had to make?

Which Weasley twin. Impossible.

What’s your favourite Brexit metaphor?

For me, it’s Theresa May banging through Article 50 whilst fundamentally believing it would be a disaster for the country. I get it – she wanted the top job, but I will never understand being able to turn off your moral compass just to keep your job. I love my job but if 52% of the audience started chanting “Do some racist stuff” I wouldn’t start throwing that out there just to keep the mic.

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

The audiences. Even the success stories have gigs and weeks and months where the gatekeepers say no or say nothing and the only thing that keeps you going is *knowing* that you were the highlight of someone’s week and that’s worth something.

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

Every now and again when I don’t want to do a gig I pretend my agent has control over decision making and completely throw him under the bus.

 

Buy tickets for Laura Lexx: Knee Jerk here

5.15pm | Gilded Balloon Teviot | 31 July, 1-13, 15-25 Aug

Impertinent Questions for Sukh Ojla

13 Jul

Sukh OjlaWhat is your favourite synonym for “bum”?

Arse.

Whose swearing makes you laugh the most?

My mum’s. They are pretty wholesome.

Who should come to see your show and why?

You should come and see my show if you’re sick of seeing young, middle class men in t-shirts talking about Tinder and the tube.

Who are you excited about seeing this year?

Gabby Best, Hari Kanth, Tamsyn Kelly and Sophie Duker.

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

Jake Gyllenhaal with a car, a strawberry milkshake, a bunch of flowers.

Describe your perfect day at the Fringe.

Jake Gyllenhaal with a car, a strawberry milkshake, a bunch of flowers

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

It takes me approximately 5 hours after a particularly good show. I don’t drink any more so I go straight home, take off all my clothes and lie on my bed watching astrology videos on YouTube until I fall asleep.

In the game “Would You Rather?” what’s the hardest choice you have had to make?

Would you rather eat an egg with a half-formed chicken inside or eat 5 grasshoppers?

Whats your favourite Brexit metaphor?

Nothing comes close to James Acaster’s peppermint tea metaphor from 2016.

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

I’ll let you know when this happens…!

Tell us something your agent doesnt want us to know.

This is going to be my first and last Edinburgh. Unless Jake Gyllenhaal is paying for it.

 

Buy tickets for Sukh Ojla: For Sukh’s Sake here

5.15pm | Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose | 31 July, 1-11, 13-25 Aug

Impertinent Questions for Sean Patton

9 Jul

Sean PattonWhat is your favourite synonym for “bum”?

Analland.

Whose swearing makes you laugh the most?

My Mother’s. She swears like a retired pirate who drives 18 wheelers for fun.

Who should come to see your show and why?

Anyone who enjoys laughing at the beautiful darkness that is the human condition. My show is all about how I came to terms with who I am and ultimately fell in like with myself. My stories will make you laugh, and will also make you feel a lot better about your personal choices.

Who are you excited about seeing this year?

Caitlin Cook. Her show, Death Wish, is great. I saw her do it in New York earlier this year, and it was marvelous. It’s a multimedia solo show about an experience so real that I don’t want to give it away. I only imagine it’s gotten better since I last saw it, and I’m excited to go again.

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

Deep fried catfish po-boy/Pappy Van Winkle 25 year old bourbon/Tesla X/Personal driver. I’m often hungry when I get offstage, and I’d like to get drunk and ruminate on life while being driven around town, yet not in a way that further damages the environment.

Describe your perfect day at the Fringe.

Wake up before noon, eat an entire haggis or two, walk around enough to burn off them haggi’, accidentally make a room full of strangers laugh, sit down in the meadows and actually get some writing done, go to my venue and purposely make a room full of strangers laugh, go to a show starring someone I’ve never heard of and be blown away and turn into their biggest fan, end up at a bar full of friends, colleagues and a few enemies, drink until the wee hours of the morning and turn all those enemies into friends, (and a few strangers into enemies, but worthy ones at that), get back to my flat, and get a good night’s sleep. (Specifically 2.5 hours REM, 3 hours light, 3 hours deep.)

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

I don’t think I’ve ever come down. From the good ones or the bad. That’s why I’m a Contradickhead.

In the game “Would You Rather?” what’s the hardest choice you have had to make?

Be happy and weak or miserable and strong. I think I’m all four.

What’s your favourite Brexit metaphor?

The UK is to the EU what Texas is to the US: You keep saying you’re gonna leave, and the rest of us are like “Fucking go then!”, but you haven’t! Yet.

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

Me. That’s all I’ve ever needed or will need.

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

I am afraid of falling apart. Always.

Buy tickets for Sean Patton: Contradickhead here

7.45pm | Gilded Balloon Balcony | 31 July – 1 to 25 Aug

Impertinent questions for Mark Nelson

4 Jul

Mark NelsonWhat is your favourite synonym for “bum”?

Hoop

Whose swearing makes you laugh the most?

My 3 year old son’s

Who should come to see your show and why?

Everyone should come and see my show because it is the closest thing to Brexit that will actually happen.

Who are you excited about seeing this year?

There are so many great comics. Micky Bartlett’s show is sounding amazing. Gareth Waugh is always class. And please go and see David Correis.

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

Scarlett Johansson

Describe your perfect day at the Fringe.

Sun shining, show sold out, Setlist to finish

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

It takes me a long time to come down which is what is so great about the Fringe as you can just do another gig until you collapse.

In the game “Would You Rather?” what’s the hardest choice you have had to make?

Never played the game I’m afraid

What’s your favourite Brexit metaphor?

I believe I have come up with the prefect Brexit metaphor which I end my show with. You’ll need to come and see but trust me it is worth it.

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

It was the day I realised that I could now walk into The Stand and not have to say, “I’m an act”

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

I am Bible John

Buy tickets for Mark Nelson: Brexit Wounds here

8pm | Gilded Balloon Teviot | 31 July, 1-18, 20-25 Aug

Impertinent questions for Daisy Earl

2 Jul

Daisy Earl

What is your favourite synonym for “bum”?

Badankadonk

Whose swearing makes you laugh the most?

My mum’s. She does nice mum-swearing; she once told me to shit off!

Who should come to see your show and why?

Anyone who has ever felt like they don’t know what they’re doing in life. My show is very honest but very funny (if I do say so myself!). I talk about my mental health, my weight, my love life and my sobriety.

Who are you excited about seeing this year?

Everyone! Genuinely everyone! I am not a discerning audience member. I like so many comics for so many different reasons.

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

Grandad Scotland – he’s my favourite person and I don’t get to see him enough. I’d rather hang out with him than anyone else after gigs.

Describe your perfect day at the Fringe.

My show goes well, I see nice friends, I watch good things. (Apologies for writing that like a five-year-old)

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

It takes me forever. I try to hang out and chat to people after shows where I can. It’s sociable and helps use up some of that energy.

In the game “Would You Rather?” what’s the hardest choice you have had to make?

Never be able to taste food again or once a week have sweetcorn fall out of your nose for an hour (I chose the sweetcorn eventually)

What’s your favourite Brexit metaphor?

The mice weren’t happy with the squirrels so they set fire to the forest.

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

My Scottish comedy family – I started on the Scottish scene and it’s incredibly supportive.

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

Weirdly she actually mentioned the other day not to go on about how funny I am? Yeah, it was weird. She said you’re really funny and don’t mention to people you have a fringe show at 4 at Patter Hoose!!

Buy tickets for Daisy Earl: Fairy Elephant here

4pm | Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose | 31 July, 1-11, 13-26 Aug

Impertinent questions for Christopher Macarthur-Boyd

1 Jul

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

Punchline’s 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Recommendations

7 Aug

Here they are! Our picks for this year’s Fringe. As usual, we advise you to see these acts live as YouTube just doesn’t do them justice.

Photograph of Alex EdelmanAlex Edelman: Just for Us

With sizzling stories ranging from Stephen Fry and Prince William to Nazis, this bright young comic sheds blazing light on current themes in Britain and the U.S.

8pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Punchline Q&A

 

 

Photograph of Lazy SusanLazy Susan: Forgive Me, Mother!

An hour of comic perfection with a twist of horror that will stay with you long after the show. Who says sketch is harmless?

4.20pm, Assembly George Square

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Photograph of Darren HarriottDarren Harriott: Visceral

Easy going hour of top notch comedy from this incredibly assured comedian. Only in his second Fringe, he already has star quality. Get in there.

9.30pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Lou Sanders: Shame Pig

An afternoon delight with material as fascinating as it is explicit. Lou has a charismatic charm that has to be experienced live.

12.30pm, Monkey Barrel

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Photograph of Rosie JonesRosie Jones: Fifteen Minutes

After years of comedy experience behind the scenes as a TV writer, Rosie Jones is making a killer start to her stand up career with an impressive supply of wicked one-liners.

8.30pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Punchline Q&A

 

 

Photograph of Tim KeyTim Key: Wonderdate

Worshipped by many, Tim Key recently made a splendid short film, Wonderdate, for the BBC. This is the live show along the same lines.

11.15pm, Pleasance Courtyard from 16th August

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Photograph of Suzi RuffellSuzi Ruffell: Nocturnal

If you haven’t seen her on TV yet, you will soon. Suzi upped her game last year and this may be your last chance to see her in a smaller venue.

9.45pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Photograph of Kieran HodgsonKieran Hodgson:’75

Kieran Hodgson reinvents himself yet again, this time with a new perspective on Brexit.

8.15pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Photograph of Laura LexxLaura Lexx: Trying

Laura Lexx has reached a new level in life and comedy. She whetted our appetite with her fantastic Punchline Q&A and we can’t wait to see this year’s show.

5.15pm, Gilded Balloon

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Punchline Q&A

 

 

Photograph of Foil, Arms and HogFoil, Arms and Hog: Craicling

They have had a gazillion YouTube hits and deservedly so. High energy and polished sketches from this switched-on trio.

9pm, Underbelly

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Photograph of Felicity WardFelicity Ward: Busting A Nut

We’ve been banging on about her for years. If you have seen her you’ll know why; if you haven’t, get a wiggle on.

9pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Punchline Q&A

 

 

Most shows are on every day until 26th August and some have a day off. Please double check details and availability with the venue.

Punchline Quizzes Zoe Lyons

6 Jul

Photograph of Zoe LyonsWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

My wife. I’m not allowed near the laundry these days because I do it wrong apparently. There is always one solo sock left in the drum when I do the washing. I like to think that we haven’t lost one but rather they are breeding in there and we have actually gained one. I can’t fold towels either. It took getting married to discover this awful void in my skill set.

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

I like the word slacks, as in the trousers… slaaaacccks. It sounds so 70’s. Also very fond of the Dutch word for slippers, pontoffel, how cute is that?

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

Cheese is a big one. According to my mother I could say cheese before I could say mama. I can spend a happy hour just browsing in a continental supermarket cheese aisle. And of course cheese wouldn’t be the same without a little wine.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

Probably Dave Allen’s routine about teaching a kid to tell the time. He was an absolute master of storytelling. A large part of his telly show was him, suited, sitting in a chair with a whisky and cigarette on the go and just talking and it was brilliant. Imagine trying to convince a channel to show that these days.

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

The Witchery has been a favourite over the years, I love its gothic splendour. I imagine I am a vampire on a nice night out.

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

“Can I lift you up”? I politely declined the offer.

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

Don’t get too distracted by what other people are doing. I can guarantee they’re not thinking about what you 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?

John Cleese and Bette Midler dressed as vikings breaking the news to me that I am not their natural daughter but rather they stole me on one of their invasions and me resolutely refusing to accept the news in the most British way.

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

I don’t think luck has played a leading role in this production. I can’t think of one incident where it influenced my future. Who knows, maybe my big lucky break is just around the corner (but probably not).

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

It’s always good to take a complete punt and see people you have never heard of before so I look forward to being surprised. To be honest I haven’t even flicked through the brochure yet but that is not unusual for me. I am normally in complete denial that the festival is happening and I am part of it until I get off the plane in Edinburgh. Then it becomes very very real.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Staying out until 5am every day. I did that one year in Edinburgh and I was a husk of a human by the end of the Fridge.

 

Catch Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human at Gilded Balloon at The Museum at 5.15pm, 1 – 26 August

As seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), Mock the Week (BBC Two), Room 101 (BBC One) and regularly heard on BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz, Just a Minute, The Now Show and plenty more. This hugely popular comic returns to the Fringe with a fresh crop of quick-fire observational gags, delivered with utter conviction not to mention ‘proper laugh-out-loud one-liners’ (Herald). ‘Lyons is on top of her game: in command of her material, her audience and her stage’ **** (Chortle.co.uk). ‘An hour of intelligent observations and hilarious character comedy’ **** (ThreeWeeks).

Laura Lexx Answers Punchline’s Increasingly Inquisitive Questions

3 Jul

Photograph of Laura LexxWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

Usually me but if I have guests round I think it’s rude not to offer.

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

I like the phrase “underlying understanding”. What a lovely quirk of language that is.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

Firstly tea: I love tea and I think it’s the only thing I’m genuinely addicted to – I get terrible headaches without the caffeine.

I also have a love of plants and buying seeds and plants – far more than I have space for but I just don’t seem to stop buying them!

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

Phil Jupitus doing an impression of Eddie Izzard doing material about Darth Vader. It’s from We Know Where You Live, Live! It is a dream of layering, impressions and clever material.

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

The City Restaurant; get the maxi breakfast and thank me later when you’ve cleared your arteries enough to speak again.

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

That nothing matters and we’re all wasting our time in some way so why not waste it at the largest arts festival in the world?

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 like to work with Rob Delaney and Tim Minchin and I’d like the sketch to be about rainforests because then we could get Attenborough to cameo.

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

I went to Kent University because I wanted to do an undergraduate masters in writing for radio, then in my first year they cancelled that course. Then I started improvising with some guys who went on to become The Noise Next Door and I thought “huh, performing comedy is fun” and so I did the masters in Stand Up instead… then I got my only other addiction.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

Adam Riches, actually. I just find his shows so fun and that’s really what I look for in Edinburgh to blow off steam.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Ooh, I’d avoid Shakespeare done by American schoolchildren and defining your worth as a person by the opinion of strangers.

 

Catch Laura Lexx: Trying at Gilded Balloon Teviot at 5.15pm, 3 – 26 August (not 15)

‘One can only hope there’s some life-altering catastrophe around the corner for Lexx’ (BroadwayBaby.com). Luckily, the award-winning comedian with ‘superb material, brilliant delivery and irresistible personality’ (**** TheWeeReview.com), has had a breakdown. Laura spent 2017 trying to get through therapy, trying the patience of everyone and trying unsuccessfully for a baby. She’s done trying now; it’s time to laugh. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra and Absolute Radio. Winner: Best Compere, UK Comedy Awards 2017. Amused Moose Comedy Award finalist 2016. ‘Exceptionally funny’ **** (One4Review.com). ‘A joy’ (Independent). ‘Real comedic steel’ (Guardian).

In the Hot Seat: Edd Hedges

7 Aug

Photograph of Edd HedgesClose your eyes and picture Edinburgh. What do you see?

The Gilded Balloon. It’s the best place in Edinburgh I think. It’s like sexy Hogwarts. For me it’s like the home of comedy during the Fringe and the team who work there are the coolest people in the world. I normally just run around it until an adult tells me off.

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

I’ve just moved into my flat for this year’s Edinburgh with my friends and fellow comics Adam Rowe and Dimitri Bakanov. There was a skate board. I’ve never seen three grown adults have more fun with a bit of wood on wheels.

Tell us about this year’s show.

It’s a true story about the scariest night of my life. It happened last year and I kind of kept it to myself and didn’t tell anyone until this year. The first person I told was my best friend and comedy sister Sofie Hagen. When I told her she asked if she could direct it and it’s just snowballed from there. I’m really proud of it and I’ve had so much fun traveling up and down the country with Hagen trying it out and working in cafes late at night. I’m just super excited to start showing it to people!

Who do you want to see this year?

This year I’m really excited to see Sarah Kendall, Dane Baptiste and Sean McLoughlin. They are all amazing!

Do you have any Edinburgh Fringe traditions?

Every year I get a baked potato from the Tempting Tatti. Chicken tikka, cheese, and half a tub of butter. Followed by my second fringe tradition – chest pains.

What is your getting ready music?

I don’t really listen to music pre-show. I like to be talking to someone, it calms me down a bit more. It’s a real problem with me. I get too excited and then I spend the first 30 seconds onstage smiling and hyperventilating. It’s good to just be chatting about the weather then go on and calm and happy.

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

Harambe

What is the best backhanded compliment you have had?

I did gigs in Germany a year ago. In the show I said ‘this is the first time I’ve performed in Germany’ after the show someone said ‘it was actually ok considering this is the first time you’ve ever performed stand up’

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

A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Billy Connolly and Father Ted.

What should Donald Trump know?

LOADS. Like. Ok. Have you seen House of Cards? I’ve been watching it and thinking there’s no way Donny-T knows all that stuff. There’s so much stuff to know!

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

You mean besides the stranglings?

Catch Edd Hedges: Wonderland at 4pm at the Gilded Balloon throughout August

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