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Jarlath Regan: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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A tale of transplantation as Irish comedian Jarlath is forced to reassess everything when asked to carry out the ultimate act of generosity for his brother.

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

The closest it’s ever been. I started writing this show in Edinburgh last August so I’ve had a solid idea about what it’s about since then.

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

My show is all about what happened to me in 2016 rather than what happened to the wider world. Thing is, 2016 changed us all and how we view ego, so it definitely changed the perspective of a show about selflessness.

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

I’m loving on my tod this year as I’ll be recording my new podcasts throughout the month (Irishman Abroad available on iTunes). It would be next to impossible to do that with anyone else in the next room.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

All my friends shows mainly. Phil Wang, Tom Ward, Chris Kent, Eleanor Tiernan…that’s just a few. If you’re reading this and you’re not in that list, please don’t assume we are no longer friends. These have to be short answers!

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

Not driving, not getting on trains and being in the one spot for a month is the true luxury of the Fringe for any circuit dwelling comic. I love getting to be in the one place, 15 minutes walk from my shows and bumping into my friends on every corner. That’s truly the best part of this experience.

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

Without a doubt Garry Shandling. That man was and is a total hero to me from every perspective. I used to seek out everything he made, every interview he did and just drink it. I never met him but I felt like I knew him. He said so many great funny things and one thing that informed my entire show for this year. “If you think nice guys finish last you don’t know where the finish line is.”

Jarlath Regan: Organ Freeman
The Tron
3-27 Aug, 7.40pm

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