Fringe comedy debut: Lee Kyle

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


This article is from 2013.

Fringe comedy debut: Lee Kyle

What do you think might work out as the best piece of advice you receive ahead of your Fringe debut?
I haven't been given any. If I have, I've ignored it.

What do you expect will be the least useful piece of advice?
To ignore any advice you are given.

Imagine this is September: looking back at August, what would constitute a successful Fringe?
Honestly, not going mad would be good. I want to do a show that is good. That's all.

In krugerrands, how much do you expect to lose during the Fringe?
There is no exchange rate for dignity. I expect to be bankrupt.

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?
No, I'm married. That isn't a 'I don't have sex anymore because I'm married' joke by the way: I do have sex and am getting better at it. My wife will be in England during the Fringe so no sex will be happening. Not for me anyway; you can all go ahead, I'm not a puritan.

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?

I don't intend to drink at all. I am a dick when I'm drunk and would quite like to be invited back to my venue another year.

What qualities do you expect from a Fringe venue?
I just want good sound and sightlines. And a roof.

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 hope not to read them. I think I'm doing funny stuff, I hope audiences agree and the opinion of a reviewer should not be enough to sway me whether positive or negative. That said, I will read them all and find misery even in the positive ones.

Next year, will you consider returning as a double act?
No. Double acts have to split the money.

Do you undertake any superstitious rituals before going on stage?
I'm not superstitious but I tend to veer between wanting to run away and ridiculous self-confidence, if that counts.

If you were about to perform at the Fringe for your tenth year, where would you expect your career to be at that point?
I don't like to think about the future because I'll only worry about my own mortality again. I'll probably be interesting and somewhat well-regarded amongst certain sorts and just happy that I'm alive and not homeless. Aim big.

The Stand III & IV, 558 7272, 2–25 Aug (not 12), noon, £7 (£6). Preview 1 Aug, £6 (£5).

This article is from 2013.

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