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Jake Lambert: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 interview

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Hello. How are you today?

I’m great, thanks. The sun is shining, England beat Columbia last night. I’m sat at home in my garden with a cup of tea waiting for football to arrive. This Q&A is already going to age terribly [Yep – Ed].

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

Pretty close, I think. I might have to double check it and see, but I think I cover all the topics I mentioned.

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

A few comedians, but enough about them; I’m trying to sell my own show. I’ll be living with my girlfriend. She’s coming up to take care of me for the month. A service I doubt will continue into further fringe festivals.

Any shows you’re excited about seeing?

Yes, Ed Night’s show Aesthetic. I saw his debut last year and it was bloody brilliant, as is he, so whatever he brings up I know I will enjoy. Also of course Jordan Brookes’ and Mat Ewins’ shows, both staples of the Edinburgh fringe for anyone who knows what they’re doing.

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

I’m looking forward to learning how to do an hour, previews are one thing but I’m looking forward to my show evolving over the space of a month, I’ll be adding new bits in here and there to keep it interesting / stop me losing my mind, so I’d like to think the show I arrive with won’t be the finished article.

The Fringe’s tagline this year is ‘Into The Unknown’. What do people not know about you?

Well plenty, and that’s a reason to come to the show. One thing I currently don’t cover is I have a huge fear of things that are bigger than they should be, (so I’m petrified of my career) (sorry)…so a snail the size of a car would be my worst nightmare. I also have something called Alice in Wonderland Syndrome which means sometimes at night I can lie in my room and my door can either appear 2 cm from my face or 100 metres away and I can’t tell how far it really is. I do however live in London, so it’s of course the former.

I’m bored of all the podcasts I currently subscribe to. Can you recommend me a good one please?

Me too, so no. I’m so bloody bored of them too, the whole cult following and in-jokes and Johnny Everyman acting like a genius and talking in a patronising tone about something he only googled last week does my head in. Instead I have an app called Rain Rain that I listen to to fall asleep, you can select different types of rain: City, Forest etc and it’s so relaxing, so now I just fall asleep to the sound of rain, which is great, until I’m driving home from a gig late at night and it starts to rain.

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

The value of petrol at service stations should be illegal. Whenever you’re on the motorway and you need petrol, the only reason you should pull into a service station is to have a nice, safe space to go on your phone, open whichever map app you use and search for the nearest petrol station (or supermarket petrol station if possible) and go there. You’ll only have to come off at the next junction, and it may add 5-10 minutes to your journey but with the money you save you’ll be laughing all the way to your destination. Is this the sort of thing you meant? Probably not, but you’re still very welcome.

Jake Lambert: Little Lost Lad
Pleasance Courtyard
1-26 Aug, 6pm

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