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Leo Kearse: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 interview

Hello. How are you today?

Is this a sales call? How did you get my number? I’m on this database that’s supposed to mean you can’t call me.

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

No, I’ve never had PPI…wait are you talking about my Edinburgh show? Last year I got stick from reviewers because my show “I Can Make You Tory” occasionally veered away from being a party political broadcast and into the realms of comedy. This year I’ve kept the title – “Right Wing Comedian” – and blurb very vague and open ended. I think the key to a good Edinburgh show is having an open ended title.

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

I’m sharing a flat with a recovering heroin addict and an Irish guy I only know the first name of. I don’t give a fuck if they survive the month or not as long as they don’t make a mess or wake me up. I don’t need any help surviving the month, it’s very easy and I’m not a stupid baby. Honestly if you find the Edinburgh Fringe arduous you should get a real job. Three years ago I was a consultant for the Foreign Office during the Fringe – I had to wake up at 7am every morning and work, then do my 3 shows in the evening.

Any shows you’re excited about seeing?

Darius Davies “The Art Of The Troll”. His shows are always a spectacle – last year he had outraged Spanish audience members try to get his show banned, it was hilarious. “DARIUS DAVIES ARE A BAD UNCLE!” I’m looking forward to Hate ‘n’ Live, the improvised show I run with Darius, where comedians have to hate on audience suggestions – no matter what they are. I’m also looking forward to shows about white privilege by wealthy Oxbridge-educated black people.

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

Nothing really. It’s such a shit festival, isn’t it? Completely detached from any commercial or populist reality. It’ll just be the same nerdy cunts giving meaningless awards to self indulgent unfunny posh kids playing dressup. There’s more intelligence and inventiveness in a comedy club. I like it when people realise they’re shit at comedy and have mental breakdowns.

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

I was a criminal intelligence analyst in London for about 10 years, specialising in problem oriented policing, then as a consultant in national security and policing. Homicides in London fell every year that I was working and have risen every year since I left.

Leo Kearse: Right Wing Comedian
1-26 Aug, 7.30pm

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