Fame or talent? | Another from Richard Herring's stock of Emergency Questions

Fame or talent?

Another from Richard Herring's stock of Emergency Questions

Be the best at something and nobody has heard of me. I couldn't take the twitter-sphere of negativity that I see being thrown at famous untalented people. I'd rather be unknown. Plus you can be much more creative (generally) when you're unknown.     Simon Caine, Every Room Becomes a Panic Room When You Overshare, Sweet Venues, 20:35

Best but no one has heard of me. Which is currently what I am so this is stupid question.   Archie Maddocks, Big Dick Energy, Mash House, 16:50

Definitely the former. Fame, if it ever happens to anybody, should be an unfortunate byproduct of their being good. It should never, ever be the thing people want, that's a disgusting idea.  Joz Norris Is Dead. Long Live Mr Fruit Salad, Heroes @ The Hive, 16:40

Definitely world famous but actually terrible. We've had more than a few Popes like that and they've done alright.    George Fouracres, Gentlemon, Pleasance, 15:30

Depends what I do. If I was an assassin, it would be handy if no one had heard of me. As a comedian, it's probably more advantageous to be famous and shit. Since I'm an assassin though I'll go for the first one.    Andy Field's Funeral, The Caves, 14:10

Fame is a curse. I'm not bitter.    Hayden Wood, Confetti & Chaos, The Principal, 17:00

Famous but actually terrible, Chad Kruger seems to have a dope life. Quality is subjective, being married to Avril Lavigne is not.   Daniel Muggleton: Pimpin' Ain't Easy (But I Reckon it's Easier for Straight, White Men?), The Counting House, 16:00

First one first three weeks of the fringe, last one, last week of the fringe    Darren Walsh: Punimal Farm, Three Sisters, 18:30

Famous for being the best but secretly terrible. It's always nicer to cry into the leather steering wheel of a Ferrari.   Richard Stott: Right Hand Man, Gilded Balloon, 12:45

I am content knowing I'm the best mayor Sim City has ever had. Stand-up wise, I'd like to be famously terrible.  Tom Taylor: Is the Indie Feel-Good Hit of the Summer, Pleasance Courtyard, 18:00

I was gonna say, best at what I do but no one has ever heard of me… but that sounds like an ideal choice for a murderer. Famous and shite for me please.    Colin Chadwick: Quick Thinker, Sneaky Pete's, 14:30

Oh, God! The second one. I’m pretty sure with enough money I could buy off my conscience.     John Robertson, The Dark Room, Gilded Balloon, 21:15

Sooo... sort of like Daniel Kitson or Donald Trump? Because... Trump. He has a GOLD ELEVATOR. And just because I was incompetent I wouldn't HAVE to be an arsehole.  Laura Lexx: Knee Jerk, Gilded Balloon, 17:15

The latter. Jimmy Carr manages it and he seems to have fun.     Rob Oldham: Worm's Resolve, Counting House, 21:00

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Published: 10 Aug 2019

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