Interview: James Wilson-Taylor – 'There's something uncomfortable about watching a ginger white man rap'

After last year's tribute to all things Batman-related, James is now musically exploring the world of ginger people.

Interview: James Wilson-Taylor – 'There's something uncomfortable about watching a ginger white man rap'

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Comedian, and famous ginger, James Wilson-Taylor, shares a selection of redheads he likes and one he's not so keen on …

Ron Weasley
When I was a kid, JK Rowling came to my school and signed my book: 'To James, who could be a Weasley, love JK Rowling'. And yet she still didn't cast me in the film! I do love Ron though; it's a shame he gets a bit trampled over. He's the kind of guy girls would take to the Hogwarts dance, but after a couple of butterbeers they're off round the back of the Quidditch pitch letting some Slytherin shove his wand in her leaky cauldron. Bit sad really.

My first ever red-headed hero. I'm convinced the only reason I ever get girls is if they loved this film as a kid. Considering he's a cartoon lion, we look remarkably similar. 'Can you feel the love tonight?' is my go-to chat up line. That or 'Hakuna Matata'.

Prince Harry
A genuinely nice chap. Plus, he's like a real-life Simba – he just can't wait to be king and he never got to know his real father (the ginger one).

Cilla Black
Blind Date is much missed on Saturday nights. It was like Take Me Out without all the morons. With Cilla you genuinely cared about the people finding love. Now you just watch them and wonder if they're an estate agent or just from Croydon. Or both.

Ed Sheeran
To be honest, it's not that I dislike Ed Sheeran, I just think what he does is very easy and repeatable. He's basically the 2016 version of Mick Hucknall and we didn't ask for that. Plus, there's something uncomfortable about watching a ginger white man rap. Unless it's me.

James Wilson-Taylor: Ginger Is the New Black, Underbelly, 6–28 Aug, 5pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50). Previews 4 & 5 Aug, £6.

James Wilson-Taylor: Ginger is the New Black

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Anna Haigh Productions Join James Wilson-Taylor for a musical history of the redhead as he attempts to end the bullying and rebrand gingers for 2016. Can he make Ed Sheeran less boring? Can he turn Ron Weasley into a sex symbol? And why do people think he's a vampire? James is the writer and performer of Fringe comedy…


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