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Adam Hess: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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No act at the Fringe this year will provide more laughs per minute than Hess. Relentless and hilarious.


Hello. How are you today?

I’m ok. I’m sitting on a train to Bristol and 3 year old opposite me on my is going ‘nee-nor nee-nor nee-nor’ while playing with a plastic fish. He should be fucking ashamed of himself.

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

Not at all. I went to australia and New Zealand for 10 weeks previewing the material and I was so lonely and bored out there that it is now so much weirder than I had anticipated. The show is now about how I spent about 15 years obsessively documenting (BY HAND) every thought of mine until I had thousands of pages of the stuff. I read a bunch of it recently and it made me realise that nostalgia is toxic. It has more jokes in it than last year so I apologise in advance. It is an ideal setting for a first or last date. Please come

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

Yes my entire show is funny jokes about how silly the President’s hairstyle.

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

I am living with contortionist ‘Billy Legs’ whose 1 man show ‘Gotta get thru this’ shows him putting himself through a variety of tennis racquets while singing Daniel Beddingfield songs. He is really bad at remembering the lyrics and does it with no backing track so it is quite upsetting to watch. We share a bedroom in Edinburgh every year but have never spoken to each other. I wish him all the best

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Mat Ewins, Rhys James, Sean Mcloughlin

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

My oven and hob doesn’t work in London so I’m really looking forward to some hot food. At the moment we’re having to boil the kettle and pour it onto stuff for ages until it is cooked. It is costing a fortune and is making me very upset

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

Wasn’t really planning on talking about death in this interview to be honest. My grandad died last year though and I didn’t know how to address the vicar and at one point I panicked and called him Sir. At the wake thing afterwards at my uncle’s house I put a prawn thing in my mouth and it was gross but I had nowhere to spit it out so I just spat it into my hand and put it in an ornamental vase, which I’m assuming will start to rot and they’ll have no idea where the smell is coming from. They have a beautiful home. I am so sorry x

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

I did a preview at a festival the other day and I was so hot that when I went for a shit in the portable toilet my legs were so slimy that I slipped off the toilet and my lips touched the door and i screamed.


Adam Hess: Cactus
Heroes @ The Hive
4-27 Aug, 6pm
PWYW/£6 advance

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