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Tom Lucy: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

Tom Lucy Edinburgh Fringe

This youngster is destined for big things, having already supported the likes of Jack Whitehall and Rob Beckett. This is Tom’s debut Fringe hour and comes one year after he won Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year.


Hello. How are you today?

I’m good thank you, I just had a packet of crisps. Salt and vinegar for those interested. Walkers.

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

It’s pretty similar – the title of my show is about me showing off in front of my friends and how that’s always been an issue for me. The show kind of tells the story of my early life and then schooling and my brief time at university before I became a full time comedian. I used to get in trouble with teachers for showing off all the time so I quite like the idea that I’m now making a living from doing that. It’s a nice revenge.

Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your act in any way?

I’d like to say yes but it hasn’t at all. I had some big things personally happen to me in 2016 though so they’re in the show. I’d like to be able to talk about world events on stage but I don’t really – most of my stuff is personal and autobiographical and quite frivolous.

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

I’m actually living with my cousin for the month who’s working at the festival. I think it’ll be nice to live without comedians. As much as I love comedy and the festival, I really enjoy coming away from it and doing normal things and talking about normal things. I think it’s healthy to balance everything and last year I lived with comedians and found it all a bit intense for the month.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

I’ve heard Frankie Boyle is doing some shows so I’d love to see him. A lot of my friends are doing shows too and they’re great – Ivo Graham, Elliot Steel, Adam Kay. Check them out.

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

I really love the city of Edinburgh. I’ve spent quite a bit of time there now. Arthur’s Seat is a great walk, hanging out on the Meadows and drinking in the Wally Dug – that’s the best pub in Edinburgh. I feel very lucky that I get to spend a month of the year in Edinburgh.

What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016 (mine was Wogan)?

David Bowie definitely. My dad is the biggest Bowie fan and we always used to listen to his music in the car when I was growing up. I’ve been watching a lot of Bowie documentaries and reading more about him since he passed and I think he was one of the most inspirational artists of all time so that was a big one for sure.  

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

Write about anything I want? Wow this is dangerous. I’ve always wondered – if olive oil is made from olives and sunflower oil is made from sunflowers, what’s baby oil made from? That was too much. I’m sorry.  


Tom Lucy: Needs to Stop Showing Off in Front of His Friends
Pleasance Courtyard
2-27 Aug, 6pm
£9-£10

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