Sid Singh admits you probably don’t know who he is right now, but he has confidence in a show that promises well-crafted jokes that also happen to be great points.
Hello. How are you today?
I am fine. How are you? Won’t reply eh? I see how this is going to go.
At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?
It matches it exactly. People still don’t know who the fuck I am, and I am also still funnier than whomever their favorite comedians is. I guess it helps to make your description broad like that.
Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your act in any way?
No. The world was fucked up before 2016. Its weird to pretend its significantly more fucked up now. It isn’t. These are just the logical conclusions and next steps of that which has come before.
Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?
Ed Day, that dude is funny, optimistic, and will probably one day be the funniest guy in the UK. So this is my chance to stop him. Honestly, its just fun living with someone who loves stand up as much as I do.
Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?
Ed Day’s will be great. Daniel Audritt and Tamar Broadbent are really funny and doing a show together at 8:45 at the Three Sisters that combines stand up, improv, and musical comedy so I’m excited for that. Aatif Nawaz and Rahul Kohli are polar opposite comedians to me in such different ways so I love watching both of them because they bring me new perspectives on stand up. Then the fun gimmick shows like Set List are always great (and fun to do great at, hint hint to book me, Troy Conrad and Barbara Romen.)
Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?
Booze. I like it. Scotland has a lot of it. A match made in Heaven. Actually because I like to drink so much, one other non-show thing that’s fun is hanging out with all the bartenders that I am friends with now.
What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016 (mine was Wogan)?
Garry Shandling was a genius at comedy because he found ways to sneak empathy and pathos into comedy without always sacrificing cynicism. What an insane balance. Hell he’d have found a way to make fun of me trying to honor him right now in such a pretentious manner. The dude was dope.
Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it.
I think this is the most important Fringe I’ll ever do. I have an album out now, people want to actually come review the show for once (I’ve never been reviewed once despite filling out my shows, being on TV and radio, and begging for them), and my new material feels strong and fun, but I’ll probably say the same thing about the next one. Such is life.
Sid Singh – A Sing in the North
3-27 Aug, 2.45pm