Three-time Scottish comedian of the year finalist Christopher MacArthur-Boyd on pasta podcasts and how to keep your glasses clean.
Hello. How are you today?
Reasonably okay! I had Chinese for dinner (salt and chilli chicken balls, chicken curry, boiled rice) but I also had a gig cancelled due to the World Cup and continued my lifelong wrestle with the meaninglessness of my own existence, so let’s call it a draw.
At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?
It’s impossible to even try to have a blurb that resembles the actual gist of the hour, so instead I just wrote nice things about myself in the third person. Christopher Macarthur-Boyd (three-time Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist) is really happy with his decision to do that.
Who are you sharing a flat with and how will you help each other survive the month?
I’m cohabiting with hairy madman Rosco Mclelland and tracksuited urchin Ed Night. Last year Ed and I got through August by smoking heavily, daily fry-ups at the Babylon Cafe, and tanning big cups of filter coffee. I’m excited to do that again.
Any shows you’re excited about seeing?
Other than my flatmates respective shows, I’m excited to see Baby Sasquatch by Ben Pope. We done a double-hander together a few years ago, and now we’re both doing our debuts. He also lets me sleep on his floor when I’m in London, which is very kind of him.
Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?
My favourite thing about the Fringe is waking up and knowing exactly what I have to do that day. It gives a few hundred lost souls a little bit of structure for three weeks.
The Fringe’s tagline this year is ‘Into The Unknown’. What do people not know about you?
The answer was going to be, ‘what I order from Wok Express on a Monday night’, but I think my response to the first question in this interview might have ruined that.
I’m bored of all the podcasts I currently subscribe to. Can you recommend me a good one please?
I’ve started to record the world’s first ever pasta podcast, Penne For Your Thoughts. It’s not out yet, but put a Google Alerts on. It’s breaking new ground, and I’m very excited about it.
Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it.
If you wear glasses, Lidl sells little wipes for £1.19. You can use them for your iPad or whatever, but I keep a little sachet of wipes on me at all times for my specs. Sometimes I feel a little bit down in the dumps, and then I clean my glasses, and I realise that I was just looking at the world through a thin layer of grime.
Christopher Macurthur-Boyd: Home Sweet Home
Gilded Balloon Teviot
1-26 Aug, 10.15pm