Fringe comedy debut: Jamie Demetriou

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  • 7 August 2013

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Fringe comedy debut: Jamie Demetriou

The comedian is doing a solo hour 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?
‘Don’t live too far away from your venue, nowhere as far out as Leith for example.’ I’m living in Leith.

What do you expect will be the least useful piece of advice?
‘Get up there and buy yourself a load of really nice, good quality bags.’

Imagine this is September: looking back at August, what would constitute a successful Fringe?
Having a couple of hairs left on my head, and a couple of happys left in my emotions.

In krugerrands, how much do you expect to lose during the Fringe?
I don’t drink or spend much while I’m up there. Probably about a packet of Snack a Jacks a day worth of krugerrands. But I see that more as a gain in Snack a Jacks than a loss in 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?
Nope, I’m spoken for. But I’m more than happy to have sordid chats with people about their festival shags if they need someone to confide in or they just want to feel like someone knows what they’re up to.

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?
My face gets really hot if I drink before a show, so I tend not to drink at all beforehand. The venues are already quite hot and I worry that my face would make them hotter.

What qualities do you expect from a Fringe venue?
I like a nice big sheesha pipe backstage.

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 will read those reviews. If they’re good reviews I’ll be happy and celebrating! But if they’re bad reviews I’ll be so angry!

Next year, will you consider returning as a double act?
Nope. Unless Ne-Yo decides to get back to me.

Do you undertake any superstitious rituals before going on stage?
Just silly things, like I HAVE to make sure I’m always there in time to do the show.

If you were about to perform at the Fringe for your tenth year, where would you expect your career to be at that point?
In its ninth or tenth year at the Fringe. Minimum.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 3–26 Aug (not 12), 7pm, £8–£10.50 (£7–£9.50). Previews 31 Jul–2 Aug, £6.

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