Fringe comedy debut: Jacob Edwards

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  • 20 August 2013

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Fringe comedy debut: Jacob Edwards

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?
Make sure you take sun cream. As everyone knows, the Edinburgh Festival is usually a month of prolonged and intense sunshine. During previous visits some of my friends have suffered from sunstroke, heat exhaustion and sunburn: you have been warned. Also, I’ve been told to bring beer with me: virtually nowhere in Scotland sells alcohol.

What do you expect will be the least useful piece of advice?
Don’t drink too much. It’s a nice thought, and one I’d like to stick to, but realistically the boozing is going to start after the first show (because I’ll feel like I’ve earned it) and will end sometime in Oct 2014.

Imagine this is September: looking back at August, what would constitute a successful Fringe?
Winning the both the main Foster’s Comedy Award and also Best Newcomer. Whichever way you look at it, that would be a success, right? And receiving awards is the primary way in which I judge my own success: always has been, always will be. Hopefully from that, I can then move on to being a roving reporter on This Morning.

In krugerrands, how much do you expect to lose during the Fringe?
Did you know the krugerrand is named after the four-term President of South Africa, Paul Kruger? Yeah, I’m full of it. The finale of my show features me throwing wads of £20 notes into the audience in a bid to make them like me. Expensive, but spectacular.

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 do expect to be fucked financially (please refer to my answer to the previous question). Does that count? Really though, my main aim of going to Edinburgh is to have a successful run or shows and/or find a wife. I’m on Facebook.

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?
Anxiety, paranoia and cold sweats. Just three of the onstage symptoms I suffer onstage when performing on stage. This year I will be drinking heavily every day. I genuinely plan not to drink massively after every show, but I can see it just kind of happening – like breathing or blinking.

What qualities do you expect from a Fringe venue?

Heat. Lack of air. Darkness. An atmosphere heavy with moisture. The perfect environment for laughter, I think. I always enjoy seeing an audience who have been outside in the rain, then come into a boiling hot venue; you can watch them steam en masse over the next hour. Sexy.

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 usually read my reviews when they come out, they don’t seem to affect me greatly either way. The reviews I least like are three-star reviews. At least great reviews (and awful ones for that matter), have something to say. Three-star reviews are always just a bit … tepid. Silly reviewers.

Next year, will you consider returning as a double act?
I’ve performed at two previous festivals in a double act, The Sunday Defensive, but this is my first solo show. But there’s no chance of a reunion, as my double act partner is now married, so his allegiances lie elsewhere. Shame, he’s dead to me now.

If you are in a double act, will you consider returning solo next year?
I’m not in a double act any more … how many more times? Although I do have my former double-act partner’s favourite toy at my house, a Han Solo figure from Star Wars, which I borrowed but have not given back yet. I certainly will consider returning Solo next year, but not before then.

Do you undertake any superstitious rituals before going on stage?
Does massive anxiety count as a superstition? No, not any real superstitions, but often my hands cease up before I go on to the extent that I can’t move them (really …), and I often worry I’ve tied my shoelaces too tight (again, really …).

If you were about to perform at the Fringe for your tenth year, where would you expect your career to be at that point?
Depends which venue I was in: if I was playing the back room of a pub, then probably not too well. If I was playing Edinburgh Castle and/or the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, reckon my career would be going OK.

Assembly Hall, 623 3030, 3–26 Aug (not 12), 7.45pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50). Previews 1 & 2 Aug, £5.

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Jacob Edwards. Seen in The IT Crowd (Channel 4), Let's Dance for Comic Relief (BBC1), 10 O'Clock Live (Channel 4) and soon Live at the Electric (BBC3), Jacob Edwards proudly presents his debut solo show, following previous Edinburgh successes with double-act The Sunday Defensive. Expect a mix of alternative characters…