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Jack Barry: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview


Jack Barry had one of our favourite shows last year with Twins, his sketch partnership with Annie McGrath (who is also taking a solo show up to the Edinburgh Fringe this year).

He’s a rather nifty stand-up in his own right too, with highlights including supporting James Acaster on tour.

Hello. How are you today?

I am tippy top, thank you.

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

Always. I am always in a state of readiness for the Edinburgh frangipane. Then you can’t get caught bysurprise

At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?

I tried to keep my blurb as vague as possible this year, for this exact reason. It just says ‘who the fuck is Jack Barry?” Which I think is sentiment no one will ever be able to argue with.

What are your tips for getting people to see your show?

Smile? Be nice? That’s what I usually try, but if people were coming to see my show, then my blurb wouldn’t work as well.

Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?

I’ll be sharing with comedians extraordinaires Fin Taylor, Mat Ewins and Patrick Turpin and producers extraordinaires -er Phoebe and Owen of Berk’s Nest. They will all be treated to frequent, naked streaks through the flat to keep up morale.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

All my flatmates’, of course. I’m also really excited to see Colin Hoult’s new show. I’ve always been a big fan and apparently this one’s a cracker.

Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?

I always look forward to climbing Arthur’s Seat. The view is beautiful and never fails to shed light on the futility of everything that’s going on in the city below.

Salt and sauce on your chips?

Yes please.

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Jack Barry: You Don’t Know Jack
Just The Tonic @ The Mash House
4-28 August, 6.40pm
PWYW or £5 to guarantee entry

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