Funny At The Fringe – INTERVIEW – Tony Cowards: Stepdad Jokes

It is festival season and that means that in the next month there is so many great comedy festivals to look forward to! This month we are looking at some of the great shows that you can see at the Edinburgh Fringe. So take note because we are going to give you all the information you need for just a handful of some of the great shows happening this year! We have also been able to interview some of the acts that are heading up to the Fringe as well.

Ed Fringe 2019

Tony Cowards: Stepdad Jokes

Location:  Just The Tonic @ The Mash House  (Venue 288)

Dates: Aug 1-11, 13-25

Time: 20:50

Price: £8

Ticket Link:



Hello Tony ! Tell us about yourself?

My name is Tony Cowards, I’m a 46 year old stand up comedian, I live with my girlfriend, her 4 children, 3 cats and a dog. As you can imagine life is rarely boring (or quiet).

How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?

The style of jokes that I do, one-liners and puns, are often called “dad jokes” and in the last few years I’ve effectively become a stepdad to my girlfriend’s children so it seemed like a no brainer to call it “Stepdad Jokes”.

Tell us all about your show!

My show is a collection of silly jokes, some daft pictures and funny stories about living in an extended family.

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?

I always look forward to seeing The Kagools and what they’re up to. I love their sense of fun and daft clowning.

If you want to have an enjoyable hour where you can laugh yourself silly and forget about the world, you can’t really do any better.

Have you done the fringe before? What are the key pieces of advice you have been given or would give to new groups or people performing at the fringe.

Yes, in total this will be my 6th time performing a show at the Fringe. Key pieces of advice? Erm… try to get some sleep, eat some fruit and veg, have fun and remember, at the end of the day nothing is as important as you think it seems at the time.

What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?

The show I remember enjoying the most was “We Are Klang: Klangbang” back in 2006.

Anarchic and hilarious.

And as previously mentioned, The Kagools are always a lot of fun.

Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?

It’s so difficult to pick one but one I loved was “The hardest job I ever had was being the publicist for the film ‘Fight Club'”.

It was such a niche joke but the people who got it would really love it, everyone else, however, would just stare blankly.

What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?

I’ve not really seen many shows this year but someone who always blows me away is Scott Bennett, sooner or later he’ll be absolutely massive. His brand of observational comedy is ridiculously funny and relatable. Expect to see him all over your TV in the next year or two.

What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the Fringe?

Don’t take it too seriously. Entertain the audience in front of you and try not to take too much notice of what everyone else is doing. Hang out with genuine friends rather than the “in crowd” and if at all possible, try to take some time off out of the Edinburgh bubble for a few hours. Go to Portobello beach or visit Stirling Castle, anything to remind yourself that there’s a whole world out there that doesn’t care a jot about what’s happening within a 2 or 3 mile square of Edinburgh.

What would be your top three items every performer must take to the Fringe?

Bluetack, scissors and a stapler.

Those posters won’t stick up by magic and you’ll need to be able to attach those all important 4 and 5 star reviews you’ll get from some website no one has ever heard of.

What’s the secret to successful flyering?

Polite persistence or paying someone else to do it for you.

 Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

Anyone who laughs a lot. Santa?

If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?

@TonyCowards on Twitter where I mostly post jokes and, occasionally, confuse people by posting something serious that they assume is a joke they just haven’t understood.

And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?

I have bills.

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