FRINGE PREVIEW – Joe Lycett (Free Fringe)

August 6th – 30th (not 17th or 24th)
5.15-6.15pm, The White Horse

Joe Lycett

Joe Lycett

At last year’s Fringe, young comedian Joe Lycett’s 71-gig run and natural comic charm saw him receive the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year award.

Since then, his comedy career has continued to rise, and he has been named Chortle Best Newcomer 2010 and gone on to appear on BBC3.

At this year’s Fringe, he appears in a double-headed show with fellow comedian Andrew Ryan in An Hour of Humour. We caught up with Joe and learned a little bit more.

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

Our show is called An Hour of Humour and is essentially 30 minutes of stand-up from Andrew [Ryan] and 30 minutes from me.

You should come and see it because we are both lovely, funny boys who like to be nice and friendly and we hope to make everyone feel welcome and enjoy themselves.

Plus, we’re on at the White Horse which is a Free Fringe venue so it won’t cost you a penny.

How will you be promoting your show?

We will be doing lots of little taster spots elsewhere in Edinburgh to showcase our talents, plus there will be lots of flyering going on before the show, not to mention radio interviews and hopefully some nice reviews!

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

It is Andrew’s first time for the full run; last year I was in Edinburgh for the full month doing The Lunchtime Club.

As a comic you are traveling the country all the time, constantly in cars, trains, buses and so on. One thing about Edinburgh is that you know that for one month the only transport you will require is your legs.

Plus, because everyone else that you see once, maybe twice a year on the circuit is there so you have about 100 people on the other end of the phone at all times if you fancy a coffee or a catch-up.

And what are you hoping for?

This year both me and Andrew intend to use the Fringe as a way of developing and building as comics – last year at the festival I performed a total of 71 shows which, whilst being exhausting, made me into a comic ready to hit the circuit.

This year I intend to emulate that but on a bigger scale, doing longer sets and getting comfortable doing those longer sets.

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

I would buy all the national newspapers and turn them into shrines to our Edinburgh show. Then I would also get drunk.

Who else are you planning or hoping to see?

The list stretches out into eternity! Gary Delaney is probably top of my list; he’s been a circuit favourite for years and this is his Fringe debut and I’ll be very surprised if it’s anything but absolutely brilliant.

I will also be catching The Lunchtime Club: Class of 2010 as it was where I performed last year and the quality of acts this year is great.

As well as all that I will be trying to see Tom Wrigglesworth, Sarah Millican, Susan Calman, Joel Dommett and Eric Lampaert, Ivo Graham and Alfie Brown, Shappi Khorsandi, Jack Whitehall, Alun Cochrane, Sara Pascoe, and so many more that I will definitely miss.

What do you have planned for after the Fringe?

My diary is already looking fairly busy so it will be straight back onto the circuit. I believe my first gig is in Liverpool. A good place to start.

Sum up your show in three words for us:

Lots of fun.

More details on Joe and Andrew’s show are on the Fringe website.

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