Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 interview: Swedish comedian Tobias Persson
'I'll be discussing life, death, money, love, marriage. Though I might have the inevitable knob gag'
This article is from 2014.
In vitro fertilisation might seem like a cold, clinical and invasive subject for stand-up. But as Tobias Persson explains, his show is about ‘the basic human struggle to achieve a goal. Discussing life, death, money, love, marriage etc. Though I might have the inevitable knob gag.’
Resisting any urge to ‘write a soppy American “cliffhanger” show where I cry at the end’, the Swede is pleased to acknowledge that he is the father of twins. ‘Playing the UK once a month is way too little for me. As I’m established in Sweden and get some nice TV and radio work, I just can’t say no and drop it all for a ten-minute spot in Middlesbrough. I did that for five years anyway.’ All the same, he’s really acclimatised since making his British debut in 2009. ‘I would be happy to live in a cellar in Camden and just do the UK clubs forever for a plate of chips.’
Religion, as ever, is a preoccupation. ‘At the time we started with IVF, I became interested in Darwin, Hitchens and atheism. Looking back I find it weird that I was so into evolution and accepting nature, while at the same time, my wife and I were desperately trying to create life in a lab!’
Tobias Persson: One Thing Led to a Mother, The Stand V, 558 7272, 1–24 Aug (not 11), 10.30pm, £8 (£7). Preview 30 Jul, £7 (£6).