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Punchline Quizzes The Pin

19 Jul

Photograph of The PinWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

A man called Ian Wentworth who we honestly can’t recommend.

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

Cackling too hard to answer this properly – we’ll let you guess which word set us off. (it’s ‘make,’ uh oh, off we go again!)

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

The sitcom Frasier and cocaine.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

Always sharing a little hug before we go on.

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

The Savoy Grill in London – hell of a commute but wow what a menu.

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

“My name is Ezekiel Prendergast, and am I a sorcerer and tailor of fine repute.”

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

Exploit the weaknesses of others and make good use of your tech time.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

Tim Key and a clone of Tim Key and the sketch would be about how much to tip the waiter and how has Key been cloned.

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

We definitely wouldn’t be writing this in a waiting room in Carlisle if we hadn’t unluckily got on the wrong train.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

Ian Wentworth – gonna finally tell the guy to get lost.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Trying to galvanise the community into re-instating the title of ‘King of the Scots’ and nominating yourself for the role.

 

Catch The Pin: Backstage at Pleasance Courtyard at 8pm, 1 – 27 August (not 11 or 20)

After three multi award-winning series on BBC Radio 4, ‘the next Mitchell and Webb’ (Times) are back at the Fringe with a brand-new show that’s ‘hysterical’ (Independent), ‘masterful’ (Sunday Times), and ‘gorgeously skewed’ (Guardian). Expect a ‘very classy, very funny’ (Telegraph) hour from the creators of BBC Three’s Oi, Leonardo! and writers for Famalam (BBC Three) and Tracey Ullman’s Show (BBC One). As seen on W1A (BBC Two) and Wannabe (BBC Three). ‘The most exciting new comedy duo working today’ (David Walliams). **** (Times). **** (Guardian). **** (Telegraph). **** (Sunday Times). **** (Chortle.co.uk). ***** (Skinny). ***** (List).

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Punchline Quizzes Rosie Jones

18 Jul

Photograph of Rosie JonesWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

I do – my pants are currently in the washing machine as we speak! Ooo there’s nothing quite like the smell of clean laundry, is there?

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

So many words! In my Northern accent any word with a ‘u’ in sounds funny. ‘Bubble’ is one of my favourites; I feel a tickle in my mouth when I say it.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

God, it’s quite embarrassing, but do you remember Candy Crush, the game that everybody was addicted to, about five years ago? Well, I’m still playing it. Every day. I’m on level 3350. It makes me feel a little queasy when I think of all the hours I’ve wasted on that game. But it relaxes me, and sometimes I need to escape into my little Candy Crush world.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

It’s a stone cold classic… ‘Four Candles’. My favourite routines play with words, and The Two Ronnies were insanely talented at this. In my own routines, I agonise over wording for hours on end. A joke is a jigsaw, and it’s my job as a comedian to provide the exact amount of pieces the audience needs to see the whole picture.

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

Mosque Kitchen – Every. Single. Day. I can’t tell you how nice it is, and the portion sizes are crazy generous. It’s also great when you need a big intake of veggies, which I sometimes forget to consume during the Fringe!

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

Usually, the audience is great, and at the end of a gig they say nothing but lovely things. But the other week somebody did come up to me and spent ten minutes mansplaining my own joke back to me…I was like, “yeh, I know why it’s funny, I bloody wrote it!”

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

I learnt so much last year: don’t start every single gig with a rum and coke, don’t let all your friends stay in your room during the most stressful month of your life and don’t stay out past five in the morning every day for a month! But the biggest lesson I learnt was to go with my comedy gut; if you find it funny, chances are, somebody else will.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

Great, great question. So many choices, but I think I would have to go with French and Saunders. They are living legends and I grew up on a healthy dose of their sketch shows, The Vicar of Dibley and Ab Fab. French, Saunders & Jones…do you think they’d be up for that?!

I’d love to do one of their film parodies with them – their Silence of the Lambs sketch still cracks me up!

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

That’s interesting, I don’t think I’m here because of any coincidence or piece of luck, this has been seven year journey… actually, more of a twenty eight year journey! I am quite ‘lucky’ to have worked in the media industry (as a researcher) since I was twenty one, so I know a lot a lot of people in the business on a personal level… but that’s not really luck, that’s hard work.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

I’m excited to see so many people this year, it’s going to be quite a female dominated Fringe and a lot of my friends are taking their debut hour. My top picks are Heidi Regan and Sindhu Vee.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Going out without a jacket or umbrella! Even if it looks sunny, chances are it’ll chuck it down at some point during the day. God bless the Scottish summer!

 

Catch Rosie Jones: Fifteen Minutes at Pleasance at 8.30pm, 1 – 26 August (not 13)

Rosie Jones is a comedian with a penchant for being mischievous. Her cerebral palsy doesn’t slow her down in the slightest. Catch her before she wobbles her way to stardom! As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats and Silent Witness. Finalist: Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2018, Amused Moose Comedy’s National New Comic Award 2017. ‘It’s rare to see a comedian who exudes such joy’ (Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk).

Punchline Quizzes Micky Overman

17 Jul

Photograph of Micky OvermanWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

I do. What?

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

Anything old-timey, like when I hear ‘jolly good’ in the real life present. Also when someone uses the word ‘dumb’ for a compliment. That’s the best.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

Sleep. I love sleep. I don’t get enough sleep. So, basically, coffee.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

Oh that would be one by Dutch comedian Bert Visscher, who did a routine about working in a flower shop that was so dumb (see?!) it made me cry laughing. I love it so much I made my friend watch it, and he has no Dutch so he was like: what fresh hell is this?

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

It’s boring but Mosque Kitchen.

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

No one’s said anything weird necessarily, but I did have a female audience member tell me they didn’t like female comics and I had to go: I’m on next. And you know what? I did not change her mind.

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

That it’s possible to feel all the feelings at the same time. And that I’m able to handle that, because I’ve got amazing people around me.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

Hugh Laurie and Amy Schumer. I think. I have no suggestions what that would look like, because I’m sure that combination makes no sense. What’s Hugh doing there? I don’t know, I just really liked him in Blackadder.

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

My Canadian VISA expired which meant I had to leave the country resulting in me not knowing what to do with my life, and panicking decided to move to London to try stand up. That’s pretty lucky.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

All the amazing ladies who are debuting besides me this year. Off the top of my head it’s: Heidi Regan, Catherine Bohart, Sarah Keyworth, Sindhu Vee, Rosie Jones, Maisie Adam, Olga Koch. And that’s just the ones I can think of.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Tell yourself you’re gonna be healthy and exercise and not drink too much. Come on.

 

Catch Micky Overman: Role Model at Pleasance Courtyard at 10.30pm, 1 – 26 August (not 13)

Rising star Micky Overman presents her highly anticipated debut show. Being a nanny and raising a teenage girl, Micky figures out how to set an example when she herself has made some pretty questionable choices. She’ll try and discover the best path to become a cool and collected human woman. Expect devastating honesty, a hint of silliness, a ton of good advice and some absolute filth. Nominee: Chortle Best Newcomer 2018. Finalist: Funny Women and Leicester Square New Comedian 2016. ‘A keen comic mind’ (Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk). ‘Brutal and dark’ (Bruce Dessau, BeyondTheJoke.co.uk).

Punchline Quizzes Owen Roberts

13 Jul
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).

Punchline Quizzes Brett Goldstein

12 Jul

Photograph of Brett GoldsteinWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

I do, then put them in the dryer, then get dressed from the dryer.  Cutting out the middle man.  No folding and putting things in drawers.  I’m not wasting my time with that bullshit.

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

Epiphany. I’m not into the drink but I like the word Sangria.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

Love and sex. And/or ketamine.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

Patrice O’Neal’s bit about Natalee Holloway in Elephant In The Room.

The comic Earthquake had a bit about Martha Stewart getting her prison sentence on his One Night Stand.

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

Red Box Noodle Bar

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

“I saw you at the Fringe last year you were phenomenal.”  I wasn’t at the Fringe last year.

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

The concept of ‘the industry’ and what you need to do to get work is an amorphous concept that doesn’t exist and that the people ‘in charge’, if they do exist, have no idea what they 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?

I would do a sketch with James Acaster and Josh Widdicombe called “Soft Boys” and it would be a pastiche of Men Behaving Badly about three nice boys sharing a flat and taking turns with the ironing and talking whimsically about their feelings.

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

Because of a terrible film I was in, I became friends with someone who invited me on a trip where I met some people who go on to became some of the most important people in my whole life who have influenced and helped me for the last ten years. I guess the lesson is be in bad films.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

I’m excited to see whatever Lou Sanders has conjured up this year.  And I want to know what Luke McQueen has planned.  Both of these performers are genuinely exciting in a way live comedy often is not. By which I mean I’m scared of them.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Seeing six shows in a day. You think it will be fun but you’ll fall asleep in two of them and it can be quite upsetting for performers. They typically hate sleeping audience members.  Honestly they are quite needy when you think about it.

 

Catch Brett Goldstein: What Is Love Baby Don’t Hurt Me at the Pleasance Courtyard at 7pm, 1 – 26 August

Sex. Porn. Love. Addiction. Can Brett tell the difference? Brett Goldstein, award-winning comic, actor and writer, returns with a new stand-up show about relationships, psychology, living in a post-porn world and the hell that is being in love. Come help him through this difficult time. ‘Sharply written, impeccably delivered, always charming… Warm, wise stuff’ (Daily Telegraph). ‘Fast paced, dark and brutal, and performed with skill and ease… Oddly philosophical and fascinating.’ (WhatsOnStage.com).

Punchline Quizzes Felicity Ward

10 Jul

Photograph of Felicity WardWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

Me. Why? What have you heard?

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

Cockfosters. Pianist. You know, all the classics.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

I’m embarrassed to say Candy Crush. I’ve deleted it and downloaded it four times in one week before. It’s the terrible lover I can’t stay mad at.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

One is stand up and one is from a movie:

Stand Up is Maria Bamford’s “Road Comic” – she basically explains that she doesn’t come across as accessible in her current form so she has a “relatable” comedian persona she adopts when doing shows in middle America. I’ve seen slightly different versions of it, but the one on John Oliver’s stand up series is unbelievably good. She gets more and more manic and ends up singing Star Spangled Banner and plugging her merch at the same time.

The other scene is Steve Martin playing Ruprect in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. From the line “May I hold your trident, Sir?” to “May I please go to the toilet?” it is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. My Mum was pretty strict on the rubbish we were allowed to watch, but this one somehow slipped through the net at an alarmingly young age.

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

I love the breakfast at Urban Angel. Being the whingeing Australian that I am, I was delighted when I found someone that did an excellent and late breakfast and it had all the wanky coffee too. Yes please.

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

Jesus, there have been so many. Years ago I remember a woman storming out of my show, inexplicably, and when I made a joke and said she was very offended by all this chat of pineapples (I was obviously trying to lighten the mood) she yelled very angrily back at me “YOU ARE.” I’ve had old friends resurface after years of no contact, get absolutely plastered and then yell out corrections to any joke I’ve written that they think they could improve with slurred accuracy. I’m pretty sure one of them called me a liar. They kind of all blend in after a decade.

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

That it is possible to come back from the dead.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

It would be with Maria Bamford and Steve Martin and the sketch would be how they really would both love to adopt an Australian comedian who’s much smaller in real life than she appears on stage because they’re both just dying for a mentee/child.

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

I went out with a guy who knew Adam Hills. We went to see one of Adam’s shows and afterwards Adam found out I didn’t drink and said if I could be half this funny on TV, he’d get me on his panel show in Australia. He did. I’d never done stand up at that point. When his wife Ali asked me onto her variety show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, I was going to ask trivia questions to an audience member, and we were going to shock each other with these infrared toy tanks, depending on who got the answer right. The tanks got stolen two days before the gig and I ended up having to write my first stand up set. And that is literally why I’m doing it today.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

I wasn’t there last year to perform so I’m excited about EVERYONE! The amount of talented comics doing their debut hour is incredible: Sindhu Vee, Catherine Bohart, Sarah Keyworth, Rosie Jones, Micky Overman. It’s very exciting. Oh and Kate Berlant is finally coming to Fringe from America. She’s fantastic. Oh, and then there are my excellent mates like Suzi Ruffell, and Rose Matafeo and Rhys Nicholson and Nish Kumar and it goes on and on. I’m just happy to be back there.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Getting drunk in high heels then trying to run on the cobblestones.

 

Catch Felicity Ward: Busting A Nut at The Pleasance Courtyard at 9pm, 1 – 26 August (not 13)

Fresh off the back of her new BBC Radio 4 series Appisodes, a Netflix special Live from the BBC, and regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast, Felicity Ward returns to the Edinburgh Fringe after a two-year hiatus. She’s back and ready to bust a nut-ful of jokes. ‘A killer show… tremendous… unrelenting… she’s so bloody funny‘ ***** (List). ‘Felicity Ward is rocking Edinburgh again… one of the finest stand-ups dashing across comedy stages today’ **** (Fest).

Punchline Quizzes Alex Edelman

8 Jul

Who puts your pants in the washing machine?

Screw you I wash my own goddamn underwear what’s your problem

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

The word ‘corpse’ is great. Also, Pete Holmes I think had a great joke about not understanding the word “non-fiction” and it really makes me chuckle now every time I see it.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

I’m addicted to the smell of new post offices. You ever go into a new post office? It’s got it’s own type of smell. Also, I love a good view. I will hike to the top of a mountain or pull the car over on the side of a highway for a good view. I also love ice cream from a place in Cincinnati, Ohio called Graeters. If you’ve ever been to it you know what the hell I’m talking about. If I was being given a last meal for my vicious murder of a string of comedy interviewers, than I’d want Graeters.

I’m just kidding. I wouldn’t kill any comedy interviewers unless they asked me to pick a favorite comedy routine.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

I cannot possibly choose one. If I did a top 10, Brian Regan would be in there six or seven times. I do love Gary Gulman’s “State Abbreviations” bit, Patton Oswalt’s “Physics for Poets” bit, John Mulaney’s “What’s New, Pussycat?” bit, Maria Bamford’s stuff about her mental health, and so much of Steve Martin’s stuff.

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

There’s a chicken wing place in Edinburgh. If you really want to know what it’s called, come up to me in person after my show in Edinburgh and I will tell you. It’s amazing.

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

“I thought we were going to have to stab you for what you said about the Waffle House, but I think it’s probably OK.”

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

There were times in 2014 and 2015 when I felt so exhausted and on-edge that I thought my body could not possibly keep going but I think you always find – in the thirty seconds before you need to go onstage – that you may have this little reservoir of courage you hadn’t previously recognized.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

Mel Brooks, Steve Martin. They’re having dinner and talking about how down to earth and kind they are. I’m the waiter they keep abusing.

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

A professor in college – Zadie Smith – telling me to travel more and that I should go study abroad in England instead of Australia if I was interested in comedy. Thanks Prof. Smith.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

Jacqueline Novak. Ivo Graham. Lou Sanders. Ramon Rivas. Kate Berlant – oh my god, Kate Berlant – Myq Kaplan. So many others.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Seeing cabaret.

 

Alex Edelman: Just For Us at The Pleasance Courtyard at 8pm August, 1 to 26 August

Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Alex Edelman returns to Edinburgh with his third solo show. It’s about jigsaw-loving Nazis and tribalism. Come. In the last year alone, Edelman has performed on Conan, supported Beck and Ricky Gervais and saw his special, Live at the BBC, released on Netflix UK. A Boston native, NYC dweller, this millennial posterboy is wise beyond his years, remarkably self-assured and at the top of his game. He’s still Jewish. Hope that’s OK. ‘Boasting technical flair and a precocious authority, Edelman’s comedy manages to capture the voice of Generation Y’ (Guardian).

Punchline Quizzes Evelyn Mok

7 Jul

Photograph of Evelyn MokWho puts your pants in the washing machine?
My mom.

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

Tell us about your favourite addictions.
Sugar, I love sugar, which is terrible because I am pre-diabetic and can’t have any.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?
I love Dave Chappelle’s bit about “How old is 15 really?” from his special For What it’s Worth. He hits everything in that joke. It’s a brilliant commentary on race relations in America and also just a really funny bit.

Where is your favourite place to go for food during the Edinburgh Fringe?
I have so many! Edinburgh is such a great city for food. There is the garlic pizza bread with cheese at Moriarty’s at the bottom of the Pleasance, there is Dim sum at Saigon Saigon on St Andrew Square, Ting Thai Caravan and Mosque Kitchen by Bristo Square, 10 to 10 in Deli on Nicholson Street and Noodles and Dumplings on South Clerk Street. Best part is that Edinburgh is so small and walkable so you can indulge and walk everything off.

What’s the weirdest thing an audience member has ever said to you?
A lady came up to me after my show and unprompted started the conversation with “I go to China every year so I am down with the whole Chinese thing. DO YOU go to China? HOW OFTEN DO YOU go to China? YOU DON’T SOUND LIKE you go to China!”. I spoke about a lot of different subjects that night, but felt like she had got a bit stuck on that one particular part of my set.

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?
One year is a lot of time as long as you do proper work everyday of that year. Stress is just a state of mind.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?
Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon, it would be the cat lady sketch from SNL, which is one of Kate McKinnon’s regular ones.

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.
I was up for a job on the Swedish version of Newsjack in 2012. If I had got it, it would have meant financial security and I could have started to think about settling down, but alas they went a different way, which led to me having no roots in Sweden which led to my decision to move to London.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?
Very excited to see many people, Sarah Keysworth, Sindhu Vee, Catharine Bohart, Jordan Brookes, Pierre Novellie, Phil Ellis, Kate Berlant, Janeane Garofalo and my own show, because I have no idea what it is yet!

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?
Space out your shows, don’t aim to try and see 6+ shows in a day, it will only make you  tired and mushy in the head and will lead you to sit quietly in the audience by your sixth show even if you are appreciating it, which in turn will make the comedian on stage doubt every decision they’ve made in their life up until that point because they just can’t seem to get a response out of the audience.

 

Catch Evelyn Mok’s: Bubble Butt at the Pleasance Courtyard at 6pm, 1 – 26 August

After an eventful year, Evelyn’s feeling the paradigm shift and trying to figure out her place in this brave new world. In this much-anticipated second hour, the sharp-witted comedian explores her agency, the third-culture-kid-experience, weight loss and what this shift means for her as a woman of colour. Seen on Chris Ramsey’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and Rhys Darby’s Furious Andrew (Channel 4). Winner: Best Newcomer, The Pleasance Indies Awards. BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017. ‘Uncensored, unapologetic and… wildly refreshing’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Honest and revealing comedy… both poignant and funny’ **** (ShortCom.co.uk).

Punchline Quizzes Catherine Bohart

6 Jul

Photograph of Catherine BohartWho puts your pants in the washing machine?

Well, I’m a grown woman so I do.

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

Menimism.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

Does Rupaul’s Drag Race count? It’s the best show of all time. I love it. I’m also happy to claim an addiction to chocolate. But I feel like that might just be because I don’t want to have to stop eating it.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

I really love Dara O’Briain’s routine on humans being made in God’s image. It was one of the first I could recite and it’s such a good example of how to make a point through comedy without being preachy.

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

Mum’s cafe. It’s just sausage and mash and I’m all about it.

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

“You shouldn’t gig with your hair up”. Makes sense, how could the audience possibly listen to me if they can see my ears too?!

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

That a month can be a very long time!

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

Ellen Degeneres and Kate McKinnon. I think I’d just skip the sketch and ask them to hold me.

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

There’s so many! I’ve been really lucky in my comedy career so far. The one I’m most grateful for is that there were no agents in any of the rooms I gigged in for the first 50-100 times! It’s nice to have space to learn!

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

So many great ladies this year! Sindhu Vee, Sarah Keyworth, Heidi Regan, Micky Overman, Harriet Kemsley, Evelyn Mok, Felicity Ward, Maisie Adams.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Don’t bring your gym gear. It’s never going to happen.

 

Catch Catherine Bohart: Immaculate at Pleasance Courtyard at 4.15pm, 1 – 26 (not 14)

Catherine Bohart is the bisexual, OCD daughter of an Irish Catholic Deacon and she’s got a hell of a lot to say about it. Debut show from a rising comedy star. Finalist: BBC New Comedy Award 2016. BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017. Nominee: Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2018. Writer: BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, The News Quiz and Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC Two). Ellie Taylor tour support. ‘A comic with a distinctive voice and a story you’d like to hear’ (Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk). ‘Pretty much the perfect comedy package’ (Bruce Dessau, BeyondTheJoke.co.uk).

Punchline Recommends Dane Baptiste: G.O.D (Gold. Oil. Drugs.)

16 Aug

Photo of Dane Baptiste

Words by Iain McLaren

If you want thoughtless, pointless, run of the mill “comedy” then you are in the wrong place. This is Dane Baptiste and he is anything but run of the mill. Join him for a look at G.O.D. No not the beardy guy in the sky; Gold, Oil and Drugs because that’s what makes the world go round! This insightful comedian will show you just what makes the world tick as he explores the capitalist side of life using the best of his craft. Nominated for Best Newcomer in 2014 this guy is about explode!

Catch Dane Baptiste: G.O.D. (Gold. Oil. Drugs.) at 9pm at the Pleasance Courtyard throughout August

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