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Friday August 1
Line-up: Sammy J, Al Lubel, Beasts, Thom Tuck, Simon Feilder, Ellie Taylor, Alfie Brown, Short & Curly, Sean McLoughlin, Michael Fabbri, Laurence Owen, Chelsea Manders, MC Ed Gamble 18:40 Pleasance Dome. Tickets.
John Robertson: A Nifty History of Evil
Alfie Brown: Divorced From Reality (And My Wife)
Jess Robinson: Mighty Voice
Tom Neenan: The Haunting at Lopham House
Guilt & Shame: Going Straight
Zoe Lyons: Mustard Cutter
Juliette Burton: Look At Me
Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised
Hardeep Singh Kohli: Hardeep Is Your Love
Raymond Mearns Live
East End: Cabaret Sexual Tension
Ben Verth: Anxious
Chris Turner: Pretty Fly
Robin And Partridge: Robin Dies At The End Of The Show
What music do you come on to and why?
The timeless classic Wiggle by Snoop Dogg and Jason Derulo. I can't imagine 14 words I'd rather walk on to more than someone shouting: 'You know what to do with that big fat butt, wiggle wiggle with it!' Alex Smith, Comedy Zone, Pleasance Courtyard, 22:45
The Big Ask
What I admire in your work is the great sense of misery and futility. How did you come to be so miserable and futile?
Truly it is difficult not to be, when one must factor the general public into the majority of one's oeuvres. I have had to entertain too many audiences consisting of those who have drunk more Stellas than read novellas. I might as well make money from my misery, thus creating a cycle, a futile cycle perhaps, but a cycle where inevitably I mostly win.
How do you cope with all the incessant praise you receive?
It is far from intrusive as nowadays it is mostly in the form of ephemeral online praise, meaning I can simply dip into it at will whenever the mood takes me. Before social media people would turn up at my house in person, the only consolation of which was that they were unable to shout through my letterbox, due to the considerable amount of written praise blocking it up.