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Edinburgh Fringe

Fast Fringe

Wednesday July 30

Line-up: Mark Watson, Margaret Thatcher Queen Of Soho, Marcel Lucont, Tom Allen, East End Cabaret, Tom Deacon, Jay Foreman, Joel Dommett, Dan Nightingale, Tom Price, MC Ray Peacock. 18:40 Pleasance Dome. Tickets.

Laugh track

What music do you come on to an why?

Any music that features the brown note. This is an incredibly deep sound that resonates with the human bowel and makes people spontaneously self-feculate. That way my audience know how I'm feeling. Tom Price, Pleasance Courtyard 21:30

The Big Ask

How many times do you try a joke before you admit defeat and bin it?

I admit defeat quite quickly but I never bin it, as often a failed joke from years ago pops into my head in relation to a new story or bit and suddenly works great.

Have you done anything to combat the 40-minute lull?

Not consciously. But I have noticed that too much caffeine before a show helps me at the start, but can exaggerate the 40 minute lull in my own mind because I am crashing.

Who would you recommend to see other than me?

David O'Doherty never let's you down, and I could name more, but the truth is I am in Beijing right now and I haven't even engaged with the Edinburgh programme yet.

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