Joe Bor is a character comedian who is gaining acclaim for his Edinburgh Festival show this year, which tells the story of a hopeless explorer and his treacherous climb.
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How are you today?
I’m good thank you.
On a scale of cardboard to Christmas, how excited are you for the Fringe this year?
I’m Christmas. I’m loving my show, so I can’t wait to perform it.
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)?
I play a climber who’s retelling a story of a climb that went disastrously wrong. It’s me being an idiot for an hour. It’s fun.
Who should come see it? And who do you want to come see it?
In the words of Matt Lucas it’s “For those who like their comedy funny”. I want lots of people to come and see it, so I don’t lose lots of money.
What is the full range of emotions an audience member can expect from your show?
Happy, sad, elated, shocked, aroused, hungry, thirsty, aroused again.
Is the show easy to adapt for a Radio 4 show in case it wins the Fosters’ Comedy Award?
I initially wrote it as a feature film. It’s one story, it’s a character I’ve been performing on the circuit and it came from a short film I made, so it’s pretty versatile.
How long did it take to come up with the show’s name? And what did you reject?
I think it was a toss-up between ‘Joe Bor is The Posh Climber’ and ‘Joe Bor is Jasper Cromwell Jones’. I wanted to put my name in the title because I’m a comedian and I have a bit of an ego problem.
Do you have a favourite Fringe memory (not necessarily your own or about the Edinburgh in Scotland)?
Staying with fellow comics can be a bit of a nightmare. I’ve got a comedian friend called Luke McQueen, who’s known for being a prankster. One year it was hard living with him, and one particularly weird time sticks out. I’d just had a bath, and I was lying on my bed for about 20 minutes in my towel, not doing much. After 20 minutes I heard from under my bed, ‘you alright mate?’ He’d been there for about 40 minutes waiting for me. I won’t be staying with him this year.
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 the Piemaker. I’m gonna try and be healthy this year, but that’ll probably only last until I walk past the Piemaker.
Here’s a space to write anything you want about any subject. Go for it:
I would like to plug my website: www.joebor.co.uk
It’s full of fun stuff and good ways to waste time.
Joe Bor is Jasper Cromwell Jones
Aug 1 – 26, 7pm
Gilded Balloon Teviot
£8.50 – £11