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Shane Todd: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview

Shane Todd

Northern Irish comic Shane Todd tells his tale of travelling to Hollywood to keep up with hometown heroes Rory McIlroy and Jamie Dornan.


Hello. How are you today?

Hiya! I got stung by a wasp yesterday and my eye is really swollen but apart from that I’m great.

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

I’m getting there. The show is so close to being where I want it so after my next few previews I hope it’ll be in good shape. Physically I’m not ready for the steep hills of Edinburgh though.

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

I haven’t yet had a meltdown and changed the entire show, yet.

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

I’m going to have a flyering team for the first time this year so I’m hoping that gets bums on seats. If you’re flyering for your own show I would say just do it for around 30 mins before your show starts, in the nearest area with loads of people. If you’re flyering six hours before your show two miles from your venue it’s unlikely the person will go. If you emphasise it starts soon and it’s right beside them then they’ll be more inclined to go. My mates once offered free tea at a show a few years ago- they got a bigger turn out than the Edinburgh Tattoo.

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

A few years ago I shared a flat with a Canadian magician at the Fringe, one trick he couldn’t master was cleaning after himself. Sometimes comedians flats can turn into frat houses so I go solo now! I like the peace and quiet. If someone has a bad gig there can be a bad vibe all day in a shared house. I prefer to stay alone, play Football Manager on my laptop and drink loads of pints of tea.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Bill Burr and Louis CK! I can’t believe they’re doing a show.

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

Mums, that place where they do pies the size of my head. And I actually have a pretty big noggin.

Salt and sauce on your chips?

Salt and vinegar please. I’ll have ketchup too, but not just thrown all over the chips. I’ll have it on a side dish if that’s ok?

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

I don’t know what to write.


Shane Todd: Holywood to Hollywood
Gilded Balloon
3-28 August, 10.15pm
£8 – £9.50

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