FRINGE PREVIEW – Ian Smith of The Lunchtime Club (Five Pound Fringe)

Aug 5th to 29th (not 16th or 23rd)
12.30-2.00pm, The Tron

The Lunchtime Club: Class of 2010

The Lunchtime Club: Class of 2010


Five up-and-coming comedians in a 90-minute show for £5? If we were better at maths, we would be able to work out a precise joke per penny ratio…in any case The Lunchtime Club: Class of 2010 must be one of the best value shows on the Fringe.

The show is the brainchild of Best Medicine Productions, run by Jon Briley and Lisa Keddie, the masterminds behind the Five Pound Fringe.

Their aim with The Lunchtime Club is to give audiences a chance to sample the cream of the crop of rising new comedy talent in a low-risk, low-cost way – and, of course, to have a great laugh in the process.

Last year, the show featured Chortle award-winning stand-up Joe Lycett and So You Think You’re Funny champ Ivo Graham.

2010’s lineup features acts who’ve all either won or reached the final stages of some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, and includes Rob Beckett, Joel Dommett, Liam Williams and Tom Rosenthal (son of TV sports presenter Jim).

We spoke to another comedian appearing – Chortle Student Comedian of the Year finalist Ian Smith – to find out more.

Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should people come to see it?

The show is called ‘The Lunchtime Club: Class of 2010’. It’s a stand-up group show featuring some of the best young comedians on the circuit.

It’s on at Downstairs at the Tron on the Five Pound Fringe at 12.30.

People should come and see it because all the acts are brilliant, and it’s a mix of different styles… plus it’s only £5 for an hour and a half of quality! Yes!

How will you be promoting your show?

Flyering, whilst lying about celebrity cameos (Inc. Chico and Pauline Quirke).

What are you most looking forward to about coming back to Edinburgh?

The creativity of it all, there is so much happening it is such a good place to write and to think of new ideas and new ways to do what you’re already doing.

Also, the tablet – it is one of the tastiest unhealthy fudge-like creations, and I can’t get it in England much.

And what are you hoping for?

I’m in a stand-up competition final, the ‘Chortle Student Comedy Awards 2010 Final’ – I’d really love to do well in that, that’d be amazing.

Besides that, not to die of hunger, for the show to go well, to have enough money to get drunk and to finally get ‘Ian and Michael Smith drug animals’ commissioned for TV.

If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?

I’d have the Queen personally Flyering for me, on a miniature-hovercraft, firing the flyers out of some form of bazooka.

There would also be a lion, somewhere. It would maybe have flyers and posters sellotaped / stuck to / nailed / stapled to its body. At some point a helicopter would explode.

Who else are you planning or hoping to see?

Daniel Kitson’s show, Stewart Lee, John-Luke Roberts. Nick Sun, George Ryegold, Terry Saunders, Tom Toal to name a few…

What do you have planned for after the Fringe?

I’ll be going up to my Auntie and Uncle’s in Aberdeen to recover and to buy a bag full of peppermint slices. Then I move back to London in September doing more stand-up and working on a lot of exciting writing ideas (Maybe, or maybe not, ‘Pauline Quirke the Musical).

Sum up your show in three words for us:

Lunchtime. Hilarious. The.

You can buy tickets for The Lunchtime Club: Class of 2010 on the Fringe website.

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