Fringe comedy debut: Terry Clement

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  • 16 August 2013

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Fringe comedy debut: Terry Clement

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The comedian appears for the first time at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013

What do you think might work out as the best piece of advice you receive ahead of your Fringe debut?
I've been told to avoid the local marijuana for fear of potency.

What do you expect will be the least useful piece of advice?
Being told to avoid the local marijuana for fear of potency.

Imagine this is September: looking back at August, what would constitute a successful Fringe?
If I am still alive by the end of the festival, I will deem it a great success.

In krugerrands, how much do you expect to lose during the Fringe?
All of the krugerrands.

Back in the old days, there used to be a thing called ‘the festival shag’. Is this ancient tradition likely to play any part in your thinking during August?
I hate having sex. Unless a woman asks me to have sex, then I am happy to have it. I am monogamous and single, although my wife probably has something to say about that.

Back in the old days, comedians would drink alcohol solidly for a whole month and still manage to get out and do their show every day: how much are you likely to imbibe per day?
‘Back in the old days, comedians would drink alcohol solidly for a whole month … ‘ Back in the old days? If that's the case then I guess I am ‘old school.’ I don't enjoy watching or being a sloppy drunk, on stage or off. Luckily for me, alcohol seems to sharpen me up a bit. In reality, what it's probably doing is taking the edge off of the other drugs I am taking.

What qualities do you expect from a Fringe venue?
Four walls, most certainly. One day, I hope to have a show that only requires one wall and a bit of lettuce to run the sound board but I also hope for all kinds of other bullshit things.

Will you read your reviews before your run is over and if so, how do you think they will affect you as a comedian and as a human being?
Sometimes reviewers make points in their reviews that are helpful, should one want to listen to them. Other times, reviewers are just bullies: mean people who have little to no experience doing the thing they are reviewing and I don't really listen to those reviews. I pick and choose, just as they do.

Next year, will you consider returning as a double act?
Actually, I have a double act in Canada but my partner and I have so many solo things on the go that our collaboration is at a stand-still. We (Ted Hollister's Cow) might come to Edinburgh one day, you never know … but for now I am focused on my own ego-inflated ass.

Do you undertake any superstitious rituals before going on stage?
I don't know if this is superstitious or not, but I like to know that I have pot waiting for me after the show before I go on stage.

If you were about to perform at the Fringe for your tenth year, where would you expect your career to be at that point?
Tenth year? Ha! Let me get past my first, first!

Underbelly, Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, 3–25 Aug (not 12), 8.05pm, £10–£11 (£8–£10). Previews 1 & 2 Aug, £6.

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