Bobby Mair – coming to a Periscope near you

Edinburgh intros #14: The acidic Canadian is making Edinburgh HISTORY by being the first comic to stream their show live on Periscope, meaning anyone in the world can hear his views on Malala and Katie Hopkins  

Bobby Mair comedian

1. Tell us a bit about the show.
This is my third stand-up show and my favourite by far. It’s brutally honest and less gimmicky than my first two shows, Obviously Adopted and Off Meds. Highlights include why Malala isn’t that smart, the time I performed for the Make A Wish Foundation, and the horrendous places cocaine took me before I decided to pack it in.

2. What’s your favourite bit?
My retelling of meeting Katie Hopkins, which I made up. Also I’m live streaming it on Periscope every day because and I look forward to strangers hurling abuse at me from across the planet.

3. Why did you decide to stream the show on Periscope?
Because I felt like there was a huge audience of people that love the Edinburgh festival but can’t afford to make it there and seeing a show live as it happens is the closest you can get to being there.

4. If your show were a dog, what breed would it be?
A pitbull. It can be a great time but it probably shouldn’t be around children.

5. What’s your walk-on music going to be?
Bobby Bitch by Bobby Shmurda because I feel like the name Bobby never gets the confidence behind it that it deserves, and Shmurda is fighting that fight.

6. Who will you be living with and how do you expect that to go?
I’ll live with a bunch of comics and there’s a 50% chance I’ll disappear into the night and never return after hearing “reviewers are bullshit” for the millionth time.

7. What will your Edinburgh daily routine be?
This’ll be too boring for anyone to read.

Bobby Mair comedian

Bobby Mair during 2013’s Edinburgh Fringe

8. Do you enjoy the Fringe?
I love Edinburgh. I had a mental break my first year, because after a good show two weeks in I didn’t think I could do a better show and just snapped. Did I mention I have a lot of problems with day-to-day life? But that has happened outside of Edinburgh plenty of times. However I feel a lot more grounded and less needy now, so hopefully this month will remain tear-free. Every year I enjoy the festival more.

9. Who do you look at in comedy and think, “yeah I wanna do that”? In other words, who do you envy?
Comics who can tour and do what they want, when they want. That’s it really. The more freedom I can have in my job the happier I am.

10. Do you get told/asked to tone down your act for TV?
Interesting question. No. That’s never happened. Have I not been booked for shows because my act was not exactly what they were looking for? Sure. But even if I was toned down naturally maybe they still wouldn’t have booked me. I don’t need to fit in everywhere. Just enough to get by.

11. You could easily sell a load of tickets at the Pleasance/Underbelly etc, how come you prefer to do free/pay-what-you-want shows?
Could I? That’s great to know for next year. I’m doing Heroes @ the Hive because I like the venue and I like performing to really large crowds and doing a free show lets the crowd be larger in Edinburgh I think. Also, the audience pays less and I make a bit more. Next year I might do the paid fringe because it seems no one will be and then it will be really cool again.

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