Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 interview: comedian Stephen K Amos finds his Fringe groove
'I can ask the audience the awkward, challenging questions. Ultimately, though, they’ve got to laugh'
This article is from 2014.
Stephen K Amos seems to have found his Fringe groove, annually playing to an appreciative crowd at the Stand with a show that he will tour later in the year and hosting a chat show at the Gilded Balloon. Those separate events help him indulge his chief pursuits: both talking to and with people. ‘I think I’m a very good listener and I’m good in the moment and can run with stuff that happens. I’m not one of those cruel comics and I like to involve the audience in some way.’
For his work-in-progress hour, Welcome to My World, Amos will be tackling some big issues and looking to get his audience talking, but always keeping his eye on the joke in hand. ‘Even in this day and age, we still don’t like to talk about things such as race and sexuality or how much money you earn, all those awkward dinner party conversation fillers. There’s a certain weirdness that can spark up in those areas and that gives me a springboard to be awkward within the show and ask the audience the awkward, challenging questions. Ultimately, though, they’ve got to laugh.’
The Stand III & IV, 558 7272, 31 Jul–23 Aug (not 11 & 12, 18 & 19), 9.05pm, £10; Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 17–23 Aug, 4.30pm, £13–£14 (£11–£12).