Fresh from supporting Katherine Ryan on your, Stephen Bailey tackles everything from celebrity culture to politics, and from dating to working-class family life.
Hello. How are you today?
Hi babe – I’m good today. I’ve been singing to Little Mix’s Glory Days album and I feel alive.
At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?
Okay, I’m not going to lie to you. The programme blurb is very vague, which is the smartest way to do it when they ask you about the show in FEBRUARY. My blurb essentially says “I will be there. Come”
Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your act in any way?
I’m closing the door on the real world and we are just going to laugh at my failed relationship of 2016 – and my STI check up
Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?
I’m living with Jayde Adams. We do it every year together. We survive by being kind together, laughing, giving each other pep talks, we call each other ‘so fames’ (ironically), we cook together and watch Buffy. We just love each other – it helps!
Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?
I always get so excited to see what my pals are doing. It’s Evelyn Mok’s first year and her previews have been excellent, I can’t wait to see it in all it’s glory. Then there are Jayde Adams, Brennan Reece, Kiri Pritchard-Mclean – just people that I have fun with in real life. And finally, my favourite Mancunian threesome – Eggs Collective. It’s been a great year for them and I can’t wait to see their show at Summer Hall.
Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?
Just seeing all my pals. I’ve promised that Jayde and I will cook for Ellie Taylor, Matt Richardson and Angela Barnes. I can’t cook and Jayde doesn’t know yet. I just love that all my pals are in one place for a whole month instead of us grabbing stolen moments.
Oh also my aim is to seduce Chris Martin (comedian not Coldplay) – he encourages me so it should be easy!!
What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016 (mine was Wogan)?
Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it.
Coronation St is excellent at the moment. It reminds me of home, so come see me at 5.15pm at The Three Sisters, hear about my mum using old bras as hanging baskets then go home and watch Corrie with a bag of fish and chips.
Stephen Bailey: Can’t Think Straight
The Free Sisters
2-27 Aug, 5.15pm