Zen interviewing, with Ben Target

Edinburgh intros #9: Who says the Fringe is stressful for comics? For Ben Target, it simply involves choreographed lunging, games of Mahjong, and a goat called Sunshine

Ben Target comedian1. Ben. Tell us a bit about the show.
I’m attempting to be involved as little as possible whilst remaining ever-present.

2. What’s your favourite bit?
There’s some pretty sweet high-fiving.

3. If your show were a dog, what breed would it be?
A border collie. Seemingly off doing its own thing but discreetly channelling sheep towards greener grass.

4. What’s the walk-on music?
Undecided. Peter Gabriel offered to open for me but I declined because he was demanding a glockenspiel and also because having Peter Gabriel in the show everyday would be distracting.

5. Who will you be living with?
I’ll be living in a small farmhouse where they have a little goat named Sunshine. Apparently goats are in vogue as pets because they’re friendly and deceptively intelligent. I’m predicting games of Mahjong, Scrabble, and a tender curry.

6. What will your daily routine be?
Breakfast. Promoting my show. Lunch. Doing my show. Dinner. Doing bits and bobs for Adam Riches’ show. Snacks. Teching Richard Gadd’s show. Sleep. Oh, and Ian Smith has challenged me to a game of squash.

7. Do you enjoy the Fringe?
Yes, I enjoy the Fringe. It is the only time each year that I apply myself, the rest of the time I’m just drifting.

8. What have you got in the way of visuals/props/silly hats?
I have grown a hair cape. Some people call it a mullet but they are wrong. Hair capes are mysterious, mullets are not.

9. How come the show is listed under “acrobatics”? WHAT ON EARTH HAPPENS IN THIS THING?
Choreographed lunging.

10. Speaking of sensible shoes (Ben’s Fringe brochure blurb says “wear sensible shoes”), didn’t you end up giving your shoes to an audience member last year after a show?
Giving would be too kind. They were taken by a man who believed my show had brought him bad juju. He realised three days later it was the acid he had taken and so returned them. I gave him a ticket to see Kim Noble. No one has seen him since.

• Imagine There’s No Ben Target is at Heroes @ the Hive at 3pm

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