Interview: Andrew Doyle brings his Zero Tolerance show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014
'Stand-up’s another form of theatre, people just tend to forget that you’re playing a character'
This article is from 2014.
Returning to the Edinburgh Fringe this year, actor, writer and comedian Andrew Doyle will wear two hats. The former teacher brings his stand-up show, Zero Tolerance (his third solo hour), and Outings, a play based on real-life LGBT coming-out stories. ‘The festival’s a bit of a marathon and I’ve never done two shows at the Fringe, so I intend to take things easy: I’ll only be drinking white wine, which is healthiest of all the toxins.’
When it comes to juggling the disciplines themselves, rather than the demands on work time and downtime, Doyle professes that switching from one to the other is not too taxing: ‘Stand-up’s just another form of theatre, really. The major difference is that people tend to forget that you’re playing a character, and in stand-up people sometimes shout at the performer, which isn’t something you see often at the theatre. Try heckling during King Lear and see what happens.’
Doyle’s stand-up show this year is all about intolerance and, in particular, exploring the views of those he doesn’t agree with to give them a fair hearing. ‘I think it’s always useful to consider the alternative view. Those on the left have a tendency to dismiss those on the right as evil or selfish, rather than engaging with the arguments. It’s a major failing, and it partly explains UKIP’s recent success in the European elections. That said, I don’t think I could ever vote Tory or UKIP. I’m quite set in my ways. I prefer actual books to a Kindle. I’ve got a Hotmail account. I still listen to Roxette. It would take a lot to change me.’
As you can probably tell, it’s not just lofty subjects that get the Zero Tolerance treatment, with Doyle admitting that among his own personal intolerances are ‘sentimentality, bad grammar, sunburn, the use of the acronym LOL, Christmas, Richard Littlejohn, tealights, crème de menthe. Oh, and the Isle of Wight. I just find it so unnecessary.’
Andrew Doyle: Zero Tolerance, The Stand III & IV, 558 7272, 1–24 Aug (not 11), 9.20pm, £8 (£7). Preview 30 Jul, £7 (£6).