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Edinburgh Fringe 2014 interview: Lloyd Langford

Lloyd Langford is one of the leading lights of a resurgent Welsh comedy scene (see Cariad Lloyd, Ellis James, Nadia Kamil, Rhod Gilbert etc), creating a persona of dry, good-hearted naivety.  

He’s also a firmly established presence on many Radio 4 shows, but it’s in a live setting where he shines. Expect a lot of laughs and grumbles in his latest Edinburgh Fringe show on the perplexing nature of modern life.lloyd-langford-edinburgh-fringe-interview

Hallo Lloyd. How are you today?

I’m all the better for seeing you use hallo rather than hello. It may have been typo, but I hope not (“It’s not” – Ed). Did you know Alexander Graham Bell initially wanted people to answer the phone with “Ahoy-hoy!”. That’s why Mr. Burns uses it on The Simpsons.

The Fringe is around the corner. How are you feeling about heading up?

A mixture of trepidation, excitement, nervousness and arousal.

Your show is called ‘Old-Fashioned’. Do you have a preference for more simpler times?

I do indeed. This would be more fun, though admittedly would take a bit longer, if we were doing it via telegram.

Is there one gadget or piece of technology that you think we can all do without?

There’s thousands. The fleshlight springs to mind. Don’t google that at work. I’ve certainly managed without one thus far.

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

James Acaster, Bridget Christie, Dan Atkinson at Comedy Countdown, Fin Taylor, Mat Ewins, Andy Zaltzman and Kyle Kinane (“Yep” – Ed).

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

Oh, ok. ‘Bobby Charles’ by Bobby Charles is one of the most underrated and brilliant albums I’ve ever heard. You can get it online for about £4. I heartily recommend it.


Lloyd Langford: Old Fashioned
Jul 31 – Aug 25, 6.50pm
Pleasance Dome
£9.50-£11.50

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