Funny At The Fringe – INTERVIEW – James Bran – Hack 


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

James Bran – Hack

Location:  Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose – Other Yin (Venue 24)

Dates:  Aug 1-11, 13-25

Time: 18:o0

Price: £8

Ticket Link:

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.


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

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”


Tell us all about your show!

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.


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

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.


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. 

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. 


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

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.



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

(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. 



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

I saw Uncle Geln’s Menagerie – it’s an improc show with a script – which makes it quite unique. It’s also incredibly funny. 


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

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. 


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

A waterproof jacket. A smart phone. Flyers.


What’s the secret to successful flyering? 

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. 


Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

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.


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

On instagram – jamesdbran


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

Looming Technological Dictatorship

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: