Fringe comedy debut: Lee Kyle
The comedian appears for the first time at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013
This article is from 2013.
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).