Comedy Fringe Debut: Al Lubel
American 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?
Showing up is 80%. So you better do more than show up.
What do you expect will be the least useful piece of advice?
Showing up is 80%. So just show up and they give you a 20% refund on Fringe fees.
Imagine this is September: looking back at August, what would constitute a successful Fringe?
That I was so funny, I not only win the Fringe award as best performer but that the secret society which runs everything in the world appoints me as dictator for life.
In krugerrands, how much do you expect to lose during the Fringe?
The world supply of 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?
Back in my old days, it would have.
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 think there may be a connection between the fact that back in the old days performers would drink all day and that back in the old days there was a festival shag. Festival drinking ups your chances for festival shagging. Personally, I don't drink, which may be the reason that I don't seem to shag very much either. I did try drinking two glasses of red wine a day for health reasons, but I found that it irritated my stomach, so I quit drinking two glasses of red wine a day for health reasons. Also, when I did drink I found that it loosened me up to be my true self on stage. But I quickly found that the audience did not like my true self.
What qualities do you expect from a Fringe venue?
The ability to be in the same exact location for each performance. Also, sex appeal. If the venue can make me horny I find that it makes me quite excited to do the show. Although I still feel that a shag is unlikely.
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?
Yes, I will read them and I think they will improve me as both a performer and a human being. Because even if they are bad, they say that that which does not kill you makes you stronger. Although if the reviews don't kill me but instead put me in an irreversible coma, I don't think that I will be that much stronger.
Next year, will you consider returning as a double act?
Yes, I will have my doppelganger performing my act alongside me.
If you are in a double act, will you consider returning solo next year?
I am a solo act. But I am considering returning as 50% of me.
Do you undertake any superstitious rituals before going on stage?
Yes, I do have one. Always appearing at the theatre on time. I find that this ritual seems to please the theatre owner as well as the audience.
If you were about to perform at the Fringe for your tenth year, where would you expect your career to be at that point?
At its end.
The Caves, 556 5375, 3–25 Aug (not 13), 10.30pm, £7–£10. Previews 1 & 2 Aug, £5.