Edinburgh intros #13: The cuckoo in the nest presents his latest, um, egg
1. Tell us a bit about the show.
It’s about stupidity. Mostly other people’s. Political, religious, coffee shop etiquette. We all know there’s an epidemic of morons. It’s time to discuss it in an-air conditioned room just off Hunter Square.
2. What’s your favourite bit?
I’ve got a joke about a middle-class woman doing a heist at a Cath Kidston’s. It’s probably the silliest bit of the show. In fact I’ve got a lot of jokes about middle-class women. It’s not sexist if you add demographic details before the word “women”, right?
3. If your show were a dog, what breed would it be?
I’d be a border collie. Even though I hate border collies. They’re over-eager workaholics, as am I. A border collie is the friend who’s tweaking their CV on LinkedIn while everyone else is getting high.
4. What’s your walk-on music going to be and why?
Sly Fox – Let’s Go All the Way. It’s from the 80s but it sounds really relevant today. Like Conservatism.
5. Who will you be living with and how do you expect that to go?
Me and me alone. The only way to know how co-habitation will pan out is to exclude other humans from the equation (although a phrase like that sounds like an extract from We Need To talk About Kevin).
6. What will your Edinburgh daily routine be?
Wake up > terror > jogging with fear > checking tickets sales with deep apprehension > show > 5 minutes of calm > palpitations about tomorrow’s show. I’m really looking forward to it.
7. Do you enjoy the Fringe?
More so as I get older. I’m at liberty to write a show for the audience – something youngsters with stars in their eyes are not advised to do, which is a shame. I don’t have a brand.
8. Why do you think there are far more liberal comics than Conservative?
Because they see themselves as outsiders delivering knockout blows to the establishment. However, loads of them are set up as limited companies despite their “office” being their car and service stations. There’s a lot of talk about the need to punch up. However, in comedy “up” is also any easy target (see David Cameron rants).
9. How does it feel being a Tory in a leftie industry, being in the clubs and hanging out with other comics?
I’ve had some rows, but comedians like a row more than they hate a Tory. It gives them a chance to say what a great person they are for sharing some Huffington Post articles and writing the devastating tweets which helped unseat the Conservatives at the last election.
10. What’s your most unpopular political view?
Well … I supported the principle of the bedroom tax, even though I wasn’t able to write any funny jokes on it. To be honest, the most potentially controversial part of the show isn’t even political. I wrote it just this morning and, while I believe in it, I think it will upset some people. It upset me. Why not come to the show and find out/laugh/hate me.