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Edinburgh Fringe interview: Joe Lycett

Joe Lycett Edinburgh Festival Fringe Interview

Joe Lycett has considerable expectation on his back after last year’s acclaimed show Some Lycett Hot, which saw him earn a Best Newcomer nomination at the Fosters Comedy Awards.

Don’t worry though, Joe has fulfilled expectations and come up with an even more convoluted show title, taking inspiration from Beyonce by naming this year’s effort If Joe Lycett Then You Should’ve Put A Ring On It.

We expect his material to match the top quality of his appellation.

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Hallo. How are you today?

Aroused. Violent. Serene.

On a scale of cardboard to Christmas, how excited are you for the Fringe this year?

I am Virgin Train derailing excited.

What’s your show about (in a maximum of two sentences and without using the following words/terms: unique, defiant, sassy, action-packed, thrill-a-minute, crazy, random, middle-class hip hop)?

It’s about being defiant.

Who should come see it? And who do you want to come see it?

Anyone who has the money to buy a ticket or the confidence to steal the money for a ticket or steal a ticket from someone who has already bought a ticket.

What is the full range of emotions an audience member can expect from your show?

Literally any emotion – my show is a tiny drop in the ocean of your life and thus whatever emotions and perceptions you take into it you will probably have enhanced. Unless you go in with a boner in which case that’ll be flaccid in seconds.

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

I deliberately made the show impossible for Radio 4 to get their filthy pig hands on it.

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

It took me no time at all as my friend and comedian Jim Campbell wrote it. He also wrote the whole show and created my entire persona. He says hi.

Do you have a favourite Fringe memory?

I’ve never had a fringe.

What else are you looking forward to in Edinburgh this year?

My annual ‘push a critic under a train’ day.

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

Born in Dăbuleni, Dolj County, Gil Dobrică moved to Craiova when he was 14, where he went to a vocational school and became a lathe operator. When he was 17, he started singing at the workers’ club in the November 7 Factory in Craiova, with a repertoire ranging from jazz, soul, rock to swing.


If Joe Lycett Then You Should’ve Put A Ring On It
July 31 – Aug 25, 7.15pm
Pleasance Courtyard
£7.50 – £10

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