The All-Powerful Jimmy McGhie revels in being un-mighty - and long show titles
Having a good old moan about life
This article is from 2010.
The All-Powerful Warrior Who with His Endurance and Inflexible Will to Win Goes from Conquest to Conquest Leaving Fire in His Wake is surely the longest Fringe show title this year. How did Jimmy McGhie get it in the brochure? ‘My title did use up the word limit and I’m quite glad because I’m really bad at writing show copy, doing PR and answering interview questions. Doing this is making me feel a little bit sick.’
OK, deep breath and answer this one: what’s the show about? ‘Last year was really nerve-racking. Now I’m more comfortable with doing an hour each night. It’s about how un-mighty I am and how much I wish I could be more dynamic. I also have a pointless and stubborn refusal to move with the times.’ Though McGhie likes nothing better than an old-man moan about life, his comedic inspirations lie in a happier place. ‘There’s a woman who works in my local Sainsbury’s overseeing the automatic tills. She’s always laughing and cracking jokes, utterly unself-conscious and effortlessly amusing. She’s clearly mad as a bag of spoons but just couldn’t give a shit. People like that remind me what a pleasure and privilege it is to do this for a living.’
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 7–30 Aug, 9.45pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8). Previews 4–6 Aug, £5.