Fringe comedy debut: Dan Cook

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  • 20 August 2013

This article is from 2013

Fringe comedy debut: Dan Cook

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?
Remember to change your pounds to Euros.

What do you expect will be the least useful piece of advice?
Crying in front of an audience elicits sympathy.

Imagine this is September: looking back at August, what would constitute a successful Fringe?
10+ more followers on Twitter.

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

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?
Nope. I’m like an Action Man down there.

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?
Every year I vow to imbibe a sensible amount and by day two, much like my New Year resolutions, I fail, which results in the last few performances of the Fringe being more ‘endurance tests’ than comedy.

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?
I shan’t be reading any reviews at any time ever, thank you. It’d send you mad if you cared what reviewers thought.

Next year, will you consider returning as a double act?
Sounds like you’re suggesting a dilution of the old limelight there, no thank you. Although, if I found someone with the surname ‘Michelin Starred’ it would be too hard to resist.

Do you undertake any superstitious rituals before going on stage?
I’m like the footballer Paul Ince. I only put my shirt on once I’ve reached the pitch/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?
OH GOD PLEASE NO (I love it really).

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 3–26 Aug (not 13), 4.30pm, £8.50–£10 (£7–£8.50). Previews 31 Jul–2 Aug, £6.

Dan Cook: Community Service

  • 4 stars

Mick Perrin Worldwide. I've done a crime (soz), now I've got to do the time, and by time, I mean this show. Things featured in it are: sketches, songs and Sandra (my community support officer). #YOLO. #SWAG. Praise for Delete the Banjax: 'Consistently excellent' (Guardian). 'Daft, deft and hugely inventive' (Independent).