One of the greatest things about recent Edinburgh Fringes is the emergence of Spencer Jones as a mainstream success.
After two superb shows of prop-based nonsense, Spencer is a regular on Upstart Crow and has his own sitcom in the works. But it’s the live environment where he shines.
Hello. How are you today?
I’m lovey ta. I’m on the train on the way to the festival and there are an American couple behind me who genuinely don’t know the difference between cows, sheep and dogs. They keep seeing them in fields and saying stuff like “WHOA! Those are weird looking cows”
At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?
I went super basic this year. No mention of what the show is. I just did that thing where you big yourself up as much as possible and hope some tourists take a punt on you.
Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your act in any way?
Nope. Don’t think so. But apparently we are all gonna feel it soon…..
Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?
The family are coming along in the second week. Nappies are a great leveller of any ego you might have. And equally no show is shittier than a fruit obsessed 2 year old.
Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?
Lucy Hopkins. And Lucy Pearman Cook. I’m really all about the Lucy’s this year. I predict 2017 to be year of the Lucy’s.
Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?
Working on my calf muscles. My pizza eating while walking on cobbles skills need work. Map reading and looking at Arthur’s seat on the last day and thinking to myself “next year Jones. Just do it next year”
What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016 (mine was Wogan)?
Gregory Fallow-Waller. I know that’s a bit obvious but that Woman changed everything for me. To invent a new fuel that rabbits can use to power fridges is different class. And her second album is great to accompany a massage.
Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it.
I’m really sorry I didn’t do this Q and A before. You guys are quality and it got lost in my in box. Have a lovey time everyone. If you see me in the street with my kids please say hello. I am trying to teach them how to do good eye contact and firm handshakes.
Spencer Jones: The Audition
Heroes @ Monkey Barrel
2-27 Aug, 6.20pm