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Joe Davies: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview

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One of the most endearing comics on the circuit, Joe Davies is instantly lovable and full of engaging and interesting stories and takes on life that more often than not defy convention.

This promises to be a particularly engrossing show, telling the true story of how Joe found his real dad and becoming a father himself.


Hello. How are you today?

About 73% it would have been more but I ate a dodgy cheesecake, I say dodgy, it was fine, I just ate the whole thing so I felt sick….it was Lemon

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

Well it’s my first solo show so if I’m honest I’m chomping at the bit to get up there and let them have it, I’m proud of my show and want people to see it.

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

To be fair it’s not far off, my show is my life story, so I can’t change it too much, I am just missing out the sex change bit, and when I say sex change I mean I change before and after sex, and when I mean change I mean clothes and emotions, and when I say emotions….ill stop, actually I won’t stop, my show is full of emotions, as are us human beings, and there ain’t nothing wrong with that, so come to watch my show for an emotional roller coaster!

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

Just be nice and tell the truth, I’m an honest and kind person, and I’m a terrible liar, so I just say,”hi there, want to come watch me sweat a lot”. If that doesn’t work I have a child tape cassette player (with microphones) and I play wham and sing, once people get drawn to the machine, I work my charm!

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

I’m living with the wonderful Pat Cahill & Matt Highton, I love them both dearly and I know we can be honest with each other, so if any of us are a bit pished off, we can let off some steam to each other and get it out, not literally, and not our wangers, I like the boys, but I’ve heard they are both packing, so let’s keep are clothes on, unless it’s shower time, I also really value both those guys opinion when it comes to comedy so I’m sure I’ll be hassling them over the month for advice.
Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Matt Highton, Pat Cahill, Spencer Jones, Every show at Heroes of the Fringe, Bob Slayer causing mayhem on his bus, all of the weirdos crew I love them all, and all they do, and I must say Jayde Adams, she is going to have an amazing show, trust me.

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

The crepes with Gareth Morinan, we will eat one most nights I reckon, and that alone excites me, to be honest, just hanging out with lovely people, but mainly Morinan & crepes.

Salt and sauce on your chips?

Always and forever

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

Firstly I’m so excited to finally be doing my first show at Edinburgh. I’ve been dicking around with comedy for a number of years now, and to put on a show in which I get to talk and make people giggle for 50 minutes is like heaven to me. I’ve picked a biographical topic, talking about my life as a whole and not knowing my dad growing up and discovering at 27 that it’s none other than country and western singer, doctor and performer Hank Wangford. “Who’s he then?” I hear you say. Well to be honest that’s exactly what I thought until I did a bit of research. The man is a cult figure in his field and has a long and colourful career, rubbing shoulders with many famous rock stars and dueting with the likes of Billy Bragg and even smoking a spliff with Willie Nelson! I mean I’ve beat Billy from Eastenders at pool but who’s asking.

“So Joe that’s great, but what’s the beef?” Well I’ll tell you guys, the beef is that I recently saw the articles on Chortle and The List featuring performers at the Fringe following in their parents’ footsteps: Elliott Steel (Mark Steel) Annie McGrath (Rory McGrath) Nina Conti (Tom Conti) – you get the gist. It was an informative and interesting article, but what I’m saying is, to put it bluntly, I couldn’t blooming believe I wasn’t on the list!!

My heart rate raised for sure! “yes ok Joe, but what has Hank Wangfird ever done in comedy?” Well guys I’ll tell you shall I?? Not only was he in the Cambridge Footlights the year following Dudley Moore and Peter Cook, he also did a six month run in London’s West End of the Beyond the Fringe show in 1964, and shared a BBC TV stage with Dudley himself doing a sketch in which Hank played the flute with his nose – the left nostril, as the right one had shrapnel lodged in the right one from the war (obviously). He also performed on the Little & Large show….but his crowning comedy moment was getting nominated for the Perrier award in 1984, with his critically acclaimed show “Hanky goes to Hollyrood” (that’s a clever title!) so I must say this, when these other acts are following in their father’s footsteps I think it’s fabulous, BUT I was following in my fathers footsteps before I even met the guy! That’s nature vs nurture right there!! Anyway I realise I’m banging on a bit, but I feel it’s an important point to make!!  If anything I’m just doing Chortle and The List a favour, DO YOUR RESEARCH GUYS, DIG A BIT DEEPER!!


Joe Davies: Who’s The Daddy?
Heroes @ Dragonfly

5-15, 17-28 August, 5pm
PWYW / £5 adv

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