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Punchline Quizzes Larry Dean

11 Jul

Photograph of Larry DeanWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

Me, because I choose to live alone. Not my first choice, or my second. But it is totally up to me, okay?

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

I love Glaswegian swear words: Fandan, Boaby, Bawbag, Chufter.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

My e-cigarette doesn’t leave my mouth very often, either does Irn Bru.

What´s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

Billy Connolly’s Australia routine or on football songs. Both oldies but classics. Non-Scottish wise, it would have to be Richard Pryor talking about his pets.

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

In my flat, I will only have ham sandwiches and soup but I don’t like busy cafes and there’s nowhere to eat in Edinburgh that isn’t busy in August.

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

I did this gag about being a middle-class Glaswegian while I was in Liverpool. It got nothing. Then some guy shouted out “The Titanic was made in Belfast!” Leaving me confused as to what the hell he was on about “That has absolutely nothing to do with anything I’ve said mate.” “Yeah, it’s a fact though…” “Right?” I said, to which he replied “Just like how it’s a fact that you’re not funny.”

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

That you have to work very hard to get anywhere in life. And that most actors are pricks.

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

I’ve definitely had luck but probably not a good idea to remember luck as it’s not something you can rely on in the future. I guess I’m lucky me and my ex broke up so I get to put my pants in the washing machine.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

Matt Price. He is doing a show called Last Night A Weegie Saved My Life. It will be brilliant, definitely recommend checking it out.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Eating local cuisine. Have Scottish food, just not the food Scottish people actually eat


Catch Larry Dean: Bampot at Assembly Checkpoint at 5pm, 2 – 26 August (not 13)

Fresh from a sell-out international tour and smash-hit Live at the Apollo debut, Larry returns with a new hour of ‘unexpected and excellent’ **** (Times) thoughts on Scottishness, sodomites and self-esteem. ‘Confessional storytelling at its funniest’ ***** (Herald). As seen on Comedy Central at the Comedy Store and Roast Battle. ‘The easy charm of an arena comic and the high joke rate, too’ (Guardian). ‘A winning combination of being daft and a smart aleck’ (Chortle.co.uk). Winner of the Amused Moose Comedy Award 2016. Nominee for Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer 2015.

In the Hot Seat: Larry Dean

27 Jul

Photograph of Larry DeanWe’ve always been a big fan of Larry

Close your eyes and picture Edinburgh. What do you see?

For some reason the first thing I see is a group of distressed tourists walking down the Cowgate in the rain, clearly thinking they’re on the Royal Mile. One of them is holding a soggy map upside-down and they’re all wearing waterproof ponchos. I try to help them but they can’t understand my accent. The map says ‘Glasgow’.

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

When I played a voice message from my partner assuming it would be them saying something sentimental like ‘I love you’ only to get a long rasping fart in the ear.

Tell us about this year’s show.

It’s about acceptance and my own delusion. Still a week to go until the fringe though – everything could change!

Who do you want to see this year?

Matt Price: Weedfairy and Martha Mcbrier: Balamory Doubtfire

Do you have any Edinburgh Fringe traditions?

Well I don’t drink any alcohol until the last night of the fringe. I just can’t do an hour with a hangover. So yeah I usually turn up with a few cans for my last show…

What is your getting ready music?

Anything upbeat! I really need to get myself in a good mood before I go on as I’m not so funny when I’m grumpy or angry. The crapper the music the better too. Think all the 90’s pop you’ve taken care to forget. It helps me remember that people will enjoy anything if you present it well.

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

If it was someone to have in the audience, I would invite Fern Britton. Weird answer I know but she has one of the most infectious laughs.

What is the best backhanded compliment you have had?

When a friend came to see me at a gig and afterwards said ‘You did really well Larry! I couldn’t really hear what you were saying though because everyone was talking at the back’

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

Jim Carrey and Robin Williams as I always loved watching the Mask and Mrs Doubtfire, I think silliness has always been the thing that makes me howl with laughter.

What should Donald Trump know?

CPR. Everyone should know CPR.

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


Catch Larry Dean: Fandan at 6.40pm at The Monkey Barrel throughout August

Punchline recommends Larry Dean: Farcissist

21 Aug

Words by Iain McLaren

Most of us have had a bad date or two in our search for that special someone, but few can share those stories in the same hilarious and engaging manner as Larry Dean. Join him for an hour of honesty delivered by a someone with a keen eye for the funny side of life and an amazing ability to share it with everyone. This comedian is just coming in to the height of his powers, expect big things!

See our recommendation as part of the best 2016 Fringe shows here and see the man himself at the Pleasance Courtyard at 7.15pm every night until 28 August. Tickets and info here

The Best Shows at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe

28 Jul

The magic is about to start again and it’s time for your annual menu of events from Punchline. It includes some discoveries since last year as well as some classics. No doubt this year’s discoveries will become classics by next year…


Larry Dean: Farcissist

Pleasance Courtyard, 7.15pm

Remember the ice challenge on Facebook? Larry Dean is like that on stage; refreshing, surprising and occasionally shriek-inducing. He’s also as soft as a teddy and hard as nails. Larry will be the next comedy superstar. @larrydeancomedy


Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do

Banshee Labyrinth, 9.45pm

This is a tricky one to recommend because it’s not your normal comedy show. We don’t often use the word edgy but we will for this boundary-smashing comic. We can’t tell you what it’s about as it will spoil the show but as the man himself said, there will be walk outs. @MrRichardGadd


Sofie Hagen: Shimmer Shatter

Liquid Room Annexe, 7.50pm

Go and see the “Guilty Feminist” presenter whose podcasts might change your life. She keeps it real and gives you a new angle, reminding you that there’s another way to see the world. If you want to enjoy her wry intelligence ahead of the show, follow her on Twitter @SofieHagen.


Adam Hess

Heroes @ The Hive, 4.10pm

Adam Hess is the best supplier of free jokes on Twitter. With his bouncing energy, he is one of the main players in the much needed upcoming comedy yoof. His star is rising, so see him now if you want to show off about it in a few years’ time. @adamhess1


Jack Barry

Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6.40pm

Jack’s self-depreciating, friendly manner belies his clever, occasionally twisted mind. He gives the impression of being your mate as he shares his personal view of the world and you’ll be reminded of what he said for days after the show. If you like a bit of sneaky profundity, he’s your man. @JBazzler


Fern Brady: Male Comedienne

The Stand, 12:10pm

We wouldn’t like to get into a fight with Fern Brady but we would kind of enjoy being defended by her. Sharp as a knife, with a style that’s different from other comics, you can’t categorise her in any of the comedy ratpacks. Surf on a new comedy wave with Fern Brady. @FernBrady


Casting Call Woe

Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 4.30pm

A privileged glimpse into the crazy world of minor acting roles where lazy scriptwriters let loose all their prejudices at once. The show is based on twitter account and viral blog sensation @ProResting. You’ve got to see it to believe it, and even then you won’t believe it. Each day, a different guest attends to share their most outrageous audition stories, so if you think you’ve had a bad day at work …


Burnistoun Live at the Fringe

Gilded Balloon, 9pm (4 – 16 August only)

Get along to this sketch group which pokes fun at the dodgier side of Scottish life. Don’t worry about how to pronounce Bunistonoun – it doesnae exist. A fairly rare opportunity to see these TV guys in an intimate setting. @Burnistoun


Then there are Punchline’s ALL TIME favourites:


Katherine Ryan (work in progress)

The Stand, 6.05pm (4-13 Aug only)

If you like the thrill of a fairground death-swoop ride and your laughs ripped out of you, Katherine Ryan will give you comedy that is as sharp and as terrifying as her heels. Be among the first to see her brand new material here. @Kathbum


Nish Kumar: Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud

Pleasance Courtyard, 8pm

Tolkein said that “The most improper job of any man… is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity.” Nish Kumar argues that comedians should not be politicians but with sparkling charm and wit, he gives you a better commentary on life in the UK than anything on BBC news. He’s also fucking funny. @MrNishKumar


Cardinal Burns

Pleasance Courtyard, midnight (23 – 26 August only)

Of course they’ve been on TV, but these guys have hysteria-inducing charisma onstage. Expect high energy comedy from performers who just morph into each new character and blow you away again and again. But remember, don’t try these jokes at home. @CardinalBurns


Bridget Christie: Mortal

The Stand, 11am

Beloved Bridget is back, a sort of brisk-mannered guru whose guide to life has audiences of all descriptions in thrall. She’s silly, she’s profound… she’s just what you need to make your morning scintillate. Don’t miss the best part of the day. Originally this was supposed to be work in progress about death ‘but then we voted to leave the EU, which is worse than death, and so I’ve re-written it.’ @BridgetChristie


Birthday Girls: Sh!t Hot Party Legends

Pleasance Courtyard, 9.45pm

If you don’t know these gals yet then GET A WIGGLE ON because they are a Fringe fun one stop shop. The title of the show could be a list of word associations to describe their comedy – hot comedy in a party atmosphere with a surprising quantity of jokes about poo. Three legends for the price of one! @BdayGirlsComedy


BEASTS Present Mr Edinburgh 2016

Pleasance Dome, 7pm

Oh the delicious anticipation of ruthless competition and monumental, messy arguments as the three lads we know and love tussle to become Mr Edinburgh. Scientific research and anecdotal evidence concur on this; Beasts prove that nice boys are the biggest beasts of all. @BEASTScomedy


Luisa Omielan

EICC, 9.30pm (26 & 27 August only)

This show is a rally to joy and a celebration of wanting what we’ve got as well as getting what we want. We want Luisa and we’ve got her right here in Edinburgh, for two nights only! Catch hit shows ‘What Would Beyoncé Do?!’ and ‘Am I Right Ladies?!’ at the EICC @luisaomielan


Tom Binns

Assembly George Square, 8pm

Tom Binns is like a bottle of Bollinger. Actually, he IS dry and bubbly, but what we mean is it doesn’t matter how often you go back because you know you’re getting the best. He makes it look effortless but this is world class character comedy. @tombinns


Lou Sanders

Pleasance Dome, 8.10pm

Another corker of a title from our favourite meandering meditator. Don’t be deceived by the dippy demeanor. She can and does do whatever she wants and doesn’t give two hoots about what anyone thinks. Happiness is an hour with Lou. @lousanders


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