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Will Duggan: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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One of the stars of the Panel Prize winning Funz and Gamez, Will goes solo to search for the secular Messiah.


Hello. How are you today?

I’m ok thank you. I just had some thai spiced soup and have a brainwave to put in a teaspoon of marmite. It was incredible.

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

Actually, not bad. It’s pretty close. But I think that’s because I had the idea as a genesis point and have written around it, rather than write and try to cram it into a theme. Very diligent, me.

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

I have a brilliant joke about a waterslide that is the most effective terrorist force on British soil in the last ten years. That jokes done now. Thanks ISIS. Have I dropped the joke? No way. It’s a great joke. Sure it’s not true, but that’s never stopped me before. I have a great joke about my brother. And I haven’t even got a brother. TAKE THAT.

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

I share a flat with the same people most years. Sam and Tom from the sketch group Sam and Tom, the guys from Geins Family Giftshop, and Harriet Dyer from the stand up comedian Harriet Dyer. We’ve all known each other for years so we know when it’s a good time to be sociable and when it’s best to leave someone alone. It’s always a nice flat. I mean, I’m not going to pretend that there isn’t at least one night per fringe when I don’t cry on Kiri Pritchard McLean because I’m tired and frustrated, because that does happen. But it’s 2017, I don’t mind admitting it.

That and booze.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Jordan Brookes. He’s great.

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

Looking forward to seeing friends that I dont get to see all that often, and eating a hotdog for breakfast and no one batting an eyelid. Even if they know I had a hotdog for last night’s tea. I love hotdogs.

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

Alan Rickman.

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

I once did an exam where one of the questions was:

‘how many sides does a sausage have?’ The answer was 7. Top, bottom, front end, back end, left flank and right flank. But that’s six.

What’s the seventh? The inside apparently.

Total Bullshit.

Just come and see my show.


Will Duggan: Perspicuator
The Mash House
2-27 Aug, 5.20pm
£5/PWYW

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