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.
Ticket Link: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/james-bran-hack
Hello James! Tell us about yourself?
Hello! I’m James – I’m a stand-up comedian from London and I’m doing a show all about big tech at the Fringe this year.
Hack is a word with multiple meanings. It’s one syllable which means it’s easy to remember. It’s fun to hear front of house people shouting “the queue is starting to see James Bran: Hack”
The premise of the show is this – in comedy taking shortcuts, or the path of least resistance is considered being a hack. This is bad. In computing – taking that same shortest path is considered preferable. As the tech industry sets about dominating the world this short-cut culture is effecting all of our lives.
John Kearns and Pat Cahill are doing a show that will obviously be amazing and chaotic in equal measure. Jake Baker is my unsung hero of comedy and he is performing a short run at the end of the festival. Go see ’em. Oh and if you like physical comedy for the whole family, the Kagools have a new show I’m excited to see.
Flyer hard! If you are a comedian and you’re doing your show to 4 people, it’s likely to be hard work regardless of how good the show is. Work hard to get a decent sized audience and you will have way more fun in the shows themselves.
Doctor Brown’s show ‘Becaves’ was probably my favourite show. Pappy’s ‘Last Show Ever’ was another blinder. Those shows were just filled with so much joy.
(Talking about my girlfriend and I cooking)
“We are not really foody people – we went to a French restaurant once, the waiter asked “Would you would like to hear the specials?”
I said “sure.”
“Well Sir, for main course we have Coq au Vin”
I said “No – neither of those sound that appetising”
Why is because it is ridiculous, and because it only works in audio. Also – I see now that I’ve written it – it’s actually a four liner.
I saw Uncle Geln’s Menagerie – it’s an improc show with a script – which makes it quite unique. It’s also incredibly funny.
Start a box set, try to hold off drinking as long as possible, see one show a day, seek out vegetables. And work hard all year to make sure your show is not shit.
A waterproof jacket. A smart phone. Flyers.
The secret is this… 1) remember that if nobody turns up your show is going to suck 2) remember if nobody turns up you are going to lose THOUSANDS of pounds 3) put that out of your mind and try not to seem desperate. 4) remember that most people have better things to do than flatter your ego for an hour, so don’t be annoyed when they walk past you.
Stephen Colbert or Conan or John Oliver (or lets be real Jon Stewart) – I would love to write for a late night show in the states.
On instagram – jamesdbran
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