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Edinburgh Fringe interview: Adam Larter


In another interview with a comedy sort heading up to Edinburgh for the 2013 Festival Fringe, Laugh Out London comedy club chats to one of our favourite acts Adam Larter. As founder of Weirdos Comedy Club, Adam is at the forefront of unique, innovative comedy in the UK, working with established experimenters Dr Brown, Ben Target, Holly Burn and a load more. He’s breaking through to the mainstream too, and was recently noted as one of London Is Funny’s Top 10 Comics to watch in the UK, while achieving a sell-out success with his live version of Steven Spielberg’s classic film Hook.

Hallo Adam. How are you feeling today?

Hi Tom / Laugh out London. I am tired, I’ve had a really long day and I’ve spent my evening painting comedy props.

You’re up at the Fringe again this year. What keeps you coming back?

The Fringe isn’t for every comedian, its good for the more open minded comics who want to learn as well as perform. I like to think I’m one of those, I always have a fun time.

Your show is a mixed bill with Ali Brice. How did that happen, and what have you come up with?

I did my first ever gig with Ali, we’re friends from university. He’s a great guy and he also has complete natural funny bones. He has a comic mind that really interests me as well as being my friend.

The show at the moment. . . I can’t really tell you what it is, but I think it’s quite fun.

Do you think it will work?

Probably not.

If people had to pick between your bit or Ali’s bit, what one should they go for?

Well, it’s not a traditional double hander, we’re both onstage for the whole thing. We don’t have separate bits.

Is your show easy to adapt for Radio 4 just in case it wins the Fosters Comedy Award?

Hell no. It barely makes sense on stage at the moment if i’m honest.

Who would you like to see in the crowd?

My girlfriend is coming up to visit which will be nice, she hasn’t been to the fringe before and I’m excited to show her around. Also seeing Laugh Out London is always a pleasure. Am I meant to think outside the box a bit more? If so then Salvador Dali or Van Morrison.

How long did it take to come up with the show’s name? And what did you reject?

It took soooooo long. We rejected a million different things. I can’t really remember them but they were all trying to be too clever and self referencial. In the end we landed on Plumpy’nut because we found it in a book that was in the café we were in. There’s no logic behind it, just sounds like a funny word.

Do you have a favourite Fringe memory (not necessarily your own or about the Edinburgh in Scotland)?

As you know I do enjoy hi-jacking the virgin media stage on the royal mile. I like flyering a lot because I enjoy both talking and meeting strangers.

What else are you looking forward to in Edinburgh this year? We recommend the Piemaker, The Baked Potato Shop and a pleasant stroll.

I like that curry place – you know – the one we went to for a curry. Don’t know what it’s called but its awesome.

Should probably plug Weirdos in Edinburgh but can’t find the info for it. It’s at 23:45 for a few days near the end.

Here’s a space to write anything you want about any subject. Go for it:

I hope everyone has a really lovely fringe.

If you don’t I recommend doing a show with your best friend because even if its not funny it’ll still be an enjoyable time.

Also check out Heroes of the Fringe the good people putting on our show.

Adam Larter and Ali Brice: Plumpy’nut
August 3-24, 2.44pm
Heroes at The Hive (venue 313)

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