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Jordan Brookes: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview

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One of the revelations of last year, Jordan Brookes was the name on most comedian’s lips as for who to see at the 2015 Fringe. And there are plenty of good reasons why, combining sold joke telling with naturally funny physicality and deep, gnawing awareness.

Hello. How are you today?

I spend every day of my life asking myself that question until the answer is always ‘tired’.

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

Of course! I did my first hour show last year (also my first year performing there) and I had a blast. I learnt that it can be a lovely, warm and gloriously stimulating environment if you choose your company wisely and maintain a humbling perspective on your own value. It is ultimately a month-long mess around, a month of learning how to self-fellate in a way that people don’t mind watching. I think there’s always a risk of placing a value-system on your experience that sets yourself up for failure. ALL experience can be valuable, regardless of whether you’ve had a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ show. I’m hoping I remember that when I’m tearing my shirt off and screaming at my baffled, silent audiences of 4.

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

My blurb is super vague because I don’t think my shows will ever really be about anything, just a collection of bits and pieces that amount to an exploration of some sort of topic but really it’s just about watching a human being attempt to keep your attention for an hour, with all the awkwardness and desperation that that brings.

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

Telling them you’re going to go ahead with the show today despite a tragic family event that happened that morning.

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

I’m not sure who I’m sharing it with yet. Show and Tell (the producers of my show) have booked it so I imagine it’ll be someone from one of the other shows they’re producing. I’m sure whoever it is will be lovely.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Too many to mention, but I think Phil Cooper is going to have a cracking show. He’s been bubbling below the radar for a while and I hope he starts getting the attention he deserves.

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

The great sense of companionship, of keeping each other afloat and the seeking out of tiny bars where there are no performers, just Edinburgh locals enjoying shelter from the tornado of flyers and drama student tears.

Salt and sauce on your chips?

If by chips you mean ‘chips’ then yes.

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

I think the world is coming to a far-sooner end than we realise. The wheels really feel like they’re in motion for a total collapse of civilisation. I can’t wait to discover what my role in all of it will be.

You can see ‘Jordan Brookes: The Making Of’ at Aces and Eights (Tufnell Park) on 24th July, Battersea Arts Centre on 27th July and at Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 5pm, 4th – 28th August (except 16th) as part of the Edinburgh Fringe.

Jordan Brookes: The Making Of
Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey
4-28 Aug, 5pm

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