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Stuart Laws: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview

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Master of the incredibly long show title, Stuart Laws has not let us down at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe with the rather convoluted but marvellous So Preoccupied With Whether or Not He Could That He Didn’t Stop to Think Whether He Should (1hr Show) at the Pleasance.


Hello. How are you today?

No. No. No. How are you today? (Great, just seen Andy win the tennis – Ed)

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

Yep, it’s going to be real easy. Last year I had an emergency appendectomy three days before I got there, the year before I had shoulder surgery three weeks before I got there so this year should be a walk in the park. Unless I get struck down by something else at this late stage. Imagine if I did! Can you imagine it? And people would say: you shouldn’t have tempted fate, but you know what? I will suffer no health complications or have to endure any surgery before Edinburgh this year. See you in Scotland.

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

Very closely. Mainly because the blurb is very short due to an incredibly long show title.

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

Don’t charge money to come in to the show. Has really helped me get good audiences the last few years. So this year I’ve decided to play at venue that insists people pay money to gain access to your show. I have 55 tickets to sell each day, 1430 in total. If we could all tell 3 friends and they tell 1427 friends I should be ok.

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

[James] Acaster, [Nish] Kumar, [Rose] Matafeo, [Annie] McGrath, [Woody?] Allen, [Joel] Dommett. We’re going to be watching all the Oscar-winning best films of the last 30 years. One a day. I can’t wait for The Silence of The Lambs.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Everyone I’m living with, they’re all very funny people and all have supremely funny shows, I’ve seen early stuff of all of them. Add in Matt Winning who has bitten off a huge amount and will then chew it successfully in a show that promises to be brain-meltingly funny. Harriet Kemsley is great, Athena Kugblenu is very funny, Lou Sanders is always brilliant, Patrick Turpin has got a really mad, unique show that I really laugh at. Anything from any of the Weirdos. There’s a sketch show called I Am Wario that seems to be the most audacious, stupid thing that anyone has ever attempted.

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

Going to swim most days. Also hoping for another Broadway Baby review.

Salt and sauce on your chips?

Yeah, go on then.

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

Psychopaths can be ruthless in pursuit of their goals, lack empathy and do not process other people’s emotions. They evaluate everyone in terms of who is a threat to them and who they can use to help them achieve their goals. They see no problem with taking the credit for other people’s work, lying, passing on blame or treating people unfairly. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.


Stuart Laws: So preoccupied with whether or not he could he didn’t stop to think whether he should (1hr show)
Pleasance Courtyard
3-28 Aug, 6pm
£9-£10

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