Australian comic Nick Elleray won Old Comedian of the Year 2017. This year’s Fringe show digs deep into intimacy, masculinity, family and stoned cats.
Hello. How are you today?
Mate, I’m on the sofa eating a white chocolate Magnum. I think you can guess how I’m doing.
At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?
I deliberately kept the blurb vague and quasi-meaningful, so it won’t be a surprise whatever side of the profound/scatological fence the show winds up on.
Who are you sharing a flat with and how will you help each other survive the month?
Masud Milas, Jon Long and Alasdair Beckett-King. We will help each other by keeping our mouths shut whenever/if we have a successful show.
Any shows you’re excited about seeing?
The Delightful Sausage. I saw a preview and I laughed a lot, which is what I (and most other law-abiding taxpayers!) want from a comedy show.
Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?
It’ll just be lovely to get away from my day-job as freelance promoter for The Delightful Sausage.
The Fringe’s tagline this year is ‘Into The Unknown’. What do people not know about you?
I am quite the ‘party-monster’.
I’m bored of all the podcasts I currently subscribe to. Can you recommend me a good one please?
The first season of the ManBuyCow podcast was really stupid – like, moronic. And I loved it. Set yourself an appointment with it, but don’t invite your brain.
Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it.
Once, walking home from the off-licence, I saw a man sitting on the kerb crying. He was middle-aged, normal-looking. I walked over and asked if he wanted one of the beers from my carrier bag. He said ‘no’. I felt like I’d exhausted all my options, so I said “take it easy mate” and continued walking. When I got home, I told my girlfriend about the guy. She suggested that I might have been able to do more than offer him a beer. She was right: I had also had two cans of gin and tonic in my bag. But I hadn’t wanted to share them. I felt ashamed. I guess what I’m trying to say is: we’re all living and learning, guys.
Nick Elleray: It’s Been Emotional
Just The Tonic, The Grassmarket Centre
Aug 2-26, 4.40pm