Comedy Fringe Debut: Liam Williams

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  • 2 August 2013

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Comedy Fringe Debut: Liam Williams

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?
Ooh, hard to say at this stage. You get lots of helpful words of wisdom from people, but ultimately it's just down to you and the mic. And the audience.

What do you expect will be the least useful piece of advice?
Nah, I'd never discount well-meaning encouragement of any sort.

Imagine this is September: looking back at August, what would constitute a successful Fringe?
Just the feeling that I've made a few people laugh (a couple of nice reviews wouldn't go amiss either). And a sitcom commission.

In krugerrands, how much do you expect to lose during the Fringe?
Ha ha, well, must say I've never heard of krugerrands before, but in pounds, roughly £700?

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?
My wife might read this so … no ;)

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?
Just a few pints after the show, y'know. Nothing crazy. I find that drinking too much can hinder the performance but one pint probably doesn't hurt.

What qualities do you expect from a Fringe venue?
Well-managed, nice atmosphere and well-maintained tech etc.

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 try not to put too much stock in what the press say. I tell myself 'so what if they think my show's rubbish?I It's too late to change it now!'

Next year, will you consider returning as a double act?

Do you undertake any superstitious rituals before going on stage?
Ooh, tough one. I tend to do a bit of a warm-up. Nothing fancy, I'm not Derek Jacobi, but diction is important even in a small room. Other than that, just try to stay relaxed and say a short prayer.

If you were about to perform at the Fringe for your tenth year, where would you expect your career to be at that point?
Just to be at the Fringe is enough for me.

The Tron, 556 5375, 3–25 Aug (not 13), 10.20pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50). Previews 1 & 2 Aug, £6.

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