4th – 30th August (not the 16th)
Pleasance Courtyard Attic, 9.30-10.30pm
Curly-haired standup Maff Brown brings his first full show to the Fringe next month with Looking after Lesal.
An ex-professional footballer, Maff’s career in comedy started in 2005 and has written material for Shooting Stars, appeared at the Leicester Comedy Festival, and won the Chortle Best Comedy Venue award for the Outside The Box Comedy Club in London, which he founded and comperes.
Looking after Lesal is the moving yet funny tale of Maff’s father and how he came to terms with his life after Maff’s mother died. Using film, video and comedy, the show promises to be a personal examination of his family and the challenges it faced; whilst being brilliantly funny at the same time.
Maff took some time out of his show preparations to tell us 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?
My show is called “Looking after Lesal” and Lesal is my dad. Its about what has been happening with him and me for the past 18 months.
Its on at the Pleasance Courtyard (Attic – 9:30pm) and people should come and see it because its a true story thats both funny and heartwarming and you will probably have something in common with me at the end of it!
What do you think the best things about the Edinburgh Fringe are?
The atmosphere and the fact that its so well attended. Plus you can see some nutters who in any normal circumstances shouldn’t be allowed out the house, but give them a stage and thats ok.
What changes have you seen – good or bad – over the years?
This is only my fourth year up, so I haven’t seen a great deal change, apart from the sponsor of the comedy award.
Where are your favourite places in the city?
The Pleasance Courtyard on a weekend evening.
What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s happened to you at the Fringe?
I once filmed Edward Aczel having an argument with Sky on the phone because they wouldn’t give him the password to the wifi, when it turned out it the supplier of said wifi wasn’t Sky.
Describe, if you can, your ‘average’ Edinburgh Fringe day…
I tend to stay at home watching boxsets before the gig, and then after i normally hang out in Brookes Bar with Ed winding him up
If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?
Get Maddona, Puff Daddy and Robin Williams to flyer for me
Who else are you planning or hoping to see?
Edward Aczel, Jon Richardson and Greg Davies
What do you have planned after the Fringe?
Hopefully take the show on tour!
Sum up your show in three words for us:
funny heartwarming story
Complete this joke for us: “A man walks into a Fringe show…”
…and says hang on, this used to be a bar.
You can order tickets for Maff’s show on the Pleasance website.