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James Hancox: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 interview

james hancox

Hello. How are you today?

I’m alright, thanks. It’s a hot and sweaty day in London, so I’m looking forward to some Scottish moisture.

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

The blurb is pretty accurate actually. My title is ‘Sports For The Unsporty’ – it’s a show where I’ve made up my own sports for people that aren’t so good at the conventional ones, so it does what it says on the tin. It’s the Ronseal of comedy shows.

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

I’m living with a few improvisers. We’ve already discussed about buying a communal pan, so I think healthy eating is on the cards. At least for the first week..end?

Any shows you’re excited about seeing?

I’m really excited about seeing Steen Raskopoulos’ show this year – last year that blew me away. I saw Joey Page’s new show in Perth at the start of the year – it’s very silly and definitely one to watch. Oh, and check out Gingzilla! She’s a 6ft bearded bombshell – something that you might only see at the Fringe.

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

Having a show at the same time, same venue, every day for a month is the closest I get to having a day job. To celebrate, I’m planning to dress up in a suit and tie and carry my flyers in a briefcase.

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

Despite my show being about my lack of sports skills, I did once win a bronze award for ‘Throwing’ at Primary School. It’s quite a generic accolade, but it turns out that I was third best at wanging a ball in no specific direction across a playing field. It’s on my LinkedIn profile.

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

The longest nipple hair is 17 cm and belongs to an Italian man, Daniele Tuveri.

James Hancox: Sports for the Unsporty
Assembly George Sq Theatre
1-26 Aug, 4pm

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