Christian Finnegan is an American comic who once won a car on a game show. His Fringe show this year explores what it means to be a passable human being in 2018.
Hello. How are you today?
One moment of bliss after another. Life is a string of pearls! (SFX: fart noise)
At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?
Rather closely, I have to say. The show has tightened up certainly, but the overall gist is the same. I do wonder if the blurb makes the show seem a bit…”academic”. It cannot be stated clearly enough that I am an idiot and that any hint of intellectual depth is a giant con.
Who are you sharing a flat with and how will you help each other survive the month?
I will be staying with fellow American Myq Kaplan. Mike the sharpest, silliest mind of any comic I know–imagine C3PO, but smoking peyote. He’s a fantastic comic, and I’m not just saying that because we’re friends. Okay, we’re friends in the way comedians do “friendship”: We’re happy to see each other at shows but never actually hang out (because that would be super weird, for some reason).
Any shows you’re excited about seeing?
I once spent a month touring Western Australia as part of the Melbourne Festival “road show” and I loved working with Zoe Lyons, so I’m definitely excited to see what she’s been up to. And I love catching David O’Doherty, which only ever get to do at festivals, it seems. But this is my first Fringe, so I’m pretty much a clean slate. I plan to soak up as much as I can, be it comedy, theater, dance, pagan rituals, public flogging or whatever.
Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?
I definitely anticipate a “first day at a new school” buzz, which you rarely get to experience as an adult. So that should be fun. I hope the cool kids invite me to sit at their lunch table! (Totally not a joke–I’m desperate for approval!) And I’m sure I’ll enjoy all the touristy crap the locals are bored by. As far as cities go, I hear Edinburgh is quite a looker.
The Fringe’s tagline this year is ‘Into The Unknown’. What do people not know about you?
Besides literally everything? Here are Three Three Fun Facts: 1) I once won a car on a TV gameshow, 2) There are a number songs I sing to my dog while waiting for him to poop that I’m convinced could be pop smashes, and 3) I think that’s it. Shoulda gone with Two Fun Facts.
I’m bored of all the podcasts I currently subscribe to. Can you recommend me a good one please?
I fear laughter in day to day life, so I’ll recommend my two favorite music podcasts: Sound Opinions, which is a review/interview type deal, and Song Exploder, where artists talk about how a song was produced, break it into its component parts, etc. They’re a bit dorky, but not in a “corner you at a party and lecture you about Ned’s Atomic Dustbin b-sides” dorky.
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Christian Finnegan: My Goodness
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