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Tom Ballard: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview

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After a hugely successful debut in 2015 that show him receive a nomination for Best Newcomer, Tom Ballard returns to the Edinburgh Fringe to discuss those collective delusions about our mortality.

Hello. How are you today?

I’m doing well thank you. How are you? …hello? HELLO?!

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

I’ve been touring this show in Australia since January, so it’s polished up nice and good and all the shit bits have been removed and the blurb is pretty bang on, I have to say. Not like all those other comedians who pulled their blurbs out of their arses in February and are happy to LIE RIGHT TO YOUR FACE.

I for one would never do that to the paying public.

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

Try to be on the same time as big famous acts, wait for them to sell out and then revel in the glory of being “option B”.

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

I’m lucky enough to be with fellow Australians and lovely people Nazeem Hussain, Nath Valvo and Susie Youssef, as well as tiny keyboard-pioneering Irish sex symbol David O’Doherty. I foresee us having a big group bath every night, half-filled with warm soapy water, the rest made up of tears.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

It’s not particularly original, but the prospect of seeing Stewart Lee and Bridget Christie and Daniel Kitson and Liam Williams’ play makes me very excited indeed, as does the idea of seeing new shows from my favourite discoveries of last year, Lolly Adefope and Lost Voice Guy.

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

Just lapping up its general EU-ness. God I love being in the EU. Isn’t it great? I’m just pumped about getting some quality EU time.

Salt and sauce on your chips?

Yes please. Yes. A thousand times yes.

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

“My comedy is different every time I do it. I don’t know what the hell I’m doing.” – Adam Sandler.

Tom Ballard: The World Keeps Happening
Assembly George Square
5-28 Aug, 9.15pm
£10.50 – £12

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