August 5th – 30th (not 16th)
9.30-10.30pm, Assembly George Street
Canadian comic Pete Johansson brought his first-ever solo hour-long show Naked Pictures of My Life to Edinburgh last year to great reviews and multiple award nominations.
This year, he returns with is laid-back and ironic style in Pete’s On Earth, a show recounting Pete’s travels across the globe as he tries to convince everyone else on the planet that they are wrong and he is right.
Pete has been courted by HBO and Warner Brothers and has played sell-out shows across the world. Now a regular at London’s renowned Comedy Store, he has performed alongside Stewart Lee and Simon Anstel, and has recently completed a UK tour with fellow comedian Carl Donnelly.
No stranger to television either, Pete has starred opposite Ed Byrne in BBC4’s Sex Bombs and is shortlisted to appear on Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow.
Here, he tells us a bit more about his forthcoming Fringe show and his Edinburgh experiences.
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 at 9:30 in the Assembly rooms… and from what I can tell from the previews it’s very funny:) It’s an account of my frustrations in life, frustrations we all can relate to, as well as some solutions we might not be ready for.
What do you think the best things about the Edinburgh Fringe are?
I enjoy the chance to see such a vast array of talent, it’s inspiring.
What changes have you seen – good or bad – over the years?
It’s my second year. My only criticism is the financial burden on the artists is ridiculously unfair.
Where are your favourite places in the city?
There’s an arty cinema called the Cameo on Home road, which I just love. It changes films constantly and it shows matinees which is soo handy when you have shows at night.
What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s happened to you at the Fringe?
I had a reviewer walk out of my show halfway through, then still review my show like he saw it all. It wasn’t bad, it was just dishonest….
Describe, if you can, your ‘average’ Edinburgh Fringe day…
Wake up, make love. Read the paper, herb tea.
Walk to sandwich shop, eat. Nap.
Off to show, then second show, head home.
Watch some TV, make love and bed
If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?
I’d give it all to charity and hope that the idea that somebody that needed the money got it would make me feel so good i wouldn’t care if my show was empty.
Who else are you planning or hoping to see?
Arj Barker, Des Bishop, Carl Donnelly and Jim Jefferies are the shows I’m gonna see. Unfortunately there are more I want to see but they are on at the same time as me.
What do you have planned after the Fringe?
I am immediately off to Copenhagen for their comedy festival, then to Beruit and Oman for shows.
Sum up your show in three words for us:
Jiggly Giggly fun
Complete this joke for us: “A man walks into a Fringe show…”
And calculates that his ticket price is not enough to cover the costs of the artist and feels bad for him….
You can buy ticket’s for Pete’s show at the Assembly website