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Edinburgh Fringe interview: Jacob Edwards

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Jacob Edwards is a talented man, appearing Burke & Hare alongside Simon Pegg, as well as The IT Crowd and 10 O’Clock Live.

He’s also a great character comedian, and is appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year at the Assembly Hall in Faux Latino Show Pony.

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How are you today?

Ok thanks, how are you? I’m pretty good, just watching some cricket when I should be finishing writing my Edinburgh show. I always find ingenious ways to avoid things I should really be doing, cricket is a new one though. Once I took up cider making to avoid doing my tax and on another occasion, to avoid doing revision, I even read a story about Princess Diana’s death in the Daily Express… Tragic, in so many ways.

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

I’m anxious, paranoid, and nervous… Do all those three things combine to create excitement? Doesn’t feel like it. I’m actually pretty excited, so let’s go Christmas Eve on the sliding scale. Happy with the show (after all, there are at least five proper jokes in it), so looking forward to seeing what people think. Just some fear of the unknown – when am I going to go to the toilet and/or Edinburgh Zoo?

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)?

My alternative character comedy show is called ‘Faux Latino Show Pony’ and is on from 1st – 26th August (except the 12th), in the Baillie Room in Assembly Hall. That was my first sentence, I was really hoping to use the words – unique, defiant, sassy, action-packed, thrill-a-minute, crazy, random and middle-class hip hop in the second sentence, just to give you some more details. Can I use the word ‘raunchy’? My show is also ‘raunchy’.

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

Anyone who can’t get in to see one of the big acts in the 300+ seater at Assembly Hall should definitely panic at the box office, and come see my show in a final attempt to rescue their evening at the festival. And they won’t be disappointed – I always, always, put on a big show, however many people are in the audience – that’s the least they deserve. Unless I’m tired and hot and can’t be that bothered. In terms of who I want to come and see it, probably hot chicks would be best for me.

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

Anything from love through to apathy – by way of joy, guilt, melancholy and resentment – then finishing on love again. That’s pretty much the running order of my show. Do heatstroke and dehydration count as emotions the audience might be feeling? Not sure. Anyway, you’d probably have to ask the audience that question, would you like me to hand out an ‘emotions questionnaire’ as they leave?

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

In case it wins? It will, and when it does, as planned, it might be a little tricky to adapt for Radio 4. There’s a lot as there’s a lot of clowning in it, so not too many words in parts. So I’ll probably pass on radio and just film the show for a live DVD release. Then I’ll approach Hollywood about making a film based on my amazing life.

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

To be honest, I had to think of the show title before I’d even started writing it. So the title was something my old double act partner called me in a sketch once. Generic, but still suggestive. And if my show is anything, it’s suggestive. However, I did reject the names ‘Romance!’, ‘In the Kill Zone’ and ‘Don’t Make Me Come Over There, Punk’.

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

I remember the best coffee I ever had was in Edinburgh, at Valvona & Crolla Delicatessen & Caffè Bar, 19 Elm Row. I also had French Toast/Eggy Bread. I know French Toast in an Italian deli… utter madness! I’d recommend that place to anyone, although it’s easy to miss. For the outside it looks like a regular newsagents/convenience shop, but is a Tardis-like Aladdin’s Cave of continental delights upon entering. Try it.

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

I love a Piemaker, I’d also recommend Tempting Tattie – the only shop in Edinburgh to serve three baked potatoes as a single portion. I once made two visits to Piemaker and one to Tempting Tettie in a single day and think I suffered some kind of stroke and/or angina. I’d also recommend Harvey Nichols, game-changing air conditioning… really.

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James ‘Jimmy’ Anderson (born 30 July 1982 in Burnley, Lancashire) is an English cricketer. He plays first-class cricket for Lancashire County Cricket Club and since bursting onto the scene in 2002/03, before his first full season of county cricket, Anderson has represented England in over 80 Test matches and over 160 One Day Internationals. (I’m still watching the cricket…).

Jacob Edwards: Faux Latino Show Pony
Aug 4 – 26, 7.45pm
Assembly Hall
£8.50 – £10.50

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