FRINGE PREVIEW – Rhys Jones – The Comedy Reserve (Pleasance Dome)

August 4th – 30th (not 16th or 23rd)
9.30-10.30pm, Pleasance Dome

Rhys Jones

Rhys Jones

Young comedian Rhys Jones is appearing at the Pleasance’s stand-up showcase The Comedy Reserve.

One of four comics on the bill, the show is The Pleasance’s pick of rising comedy talent and promises to be an hour of laughs and great-value entertainment.

Here, Ryhs tells us a little bit more about the 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?

The show is in the Dome at 9.30 every night and it’s all about my experiences climbing out of the ghetto to become a national clarinet champion.

That is of course a lie. It’s a showcase of “new talent” as selected by the people at the Pleasance. There’s four of us providing the humour; Me, Mark Restuccia, Daniel Simonsen and Tom Goodliffe.

You ought to come and see it to quench your comedy thirst.

What do you think the best things about the Edinburgh Fringe are?

People are very open-minded at the fringe. Last year I saw a man in a morph-suit stand on one leg for good half-hour and no one even flinched. He only wanted attention, the poor chap.

The best way to go about getting noticed in Edinburgh is to be as plain as you can, everyone wonders how you filtered out the insanity of it all.

What changes have you seen – good or bad – over the years?

I saw Barack Obama become the first black president of the USA, which was a good change.

I’ve got very limited experience to draw from as I’m still a teenage nipper, but it’s lovely to see the comedy award get a new sponsor and I’m a big fan of the Five Pound Fringe.

Where are your favourite places in the city?

I love the Royal Mile because I’m addicted to A5 paper.

Last year I found a lovely vintage market full of the sort of garments Noel Fielding wears, but I can’t remember where it was.

What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s happened to you at the Fringe?

Richard Herring called me a “****” for being “annoyingly talented”. I wasn’t equipped to deal with that at the time.

I also became a central part of Russell Kane’s show on the night I saw it because he noticed we had similar haircuts.

This was all after I had graduated from name-dropping school.

Describe, if you can, your ‘average’ Edinburgh Fringe day…

I awake feeling grim and loathsome, my body a woken corpse which yearns to return to its slumberous tomb.

Then I have some Cheerios or something and get going.

Previously I would queue at the box-office for hours and come out grasping tickets I can’t afford, but following this interview I hope for the sort of fame that will grant me free entry anywhere I go.

Then I’ll be doing the show I’m in and socialising with all sorts of Joe-publics.

I also plan to go swimming regularly this year and I’ll maybe even learn the Ukulele.

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

I would remove David Cameron from office and replace him with Mark Restuccia (from the show). Tom Goodliffe (from the show) could be Nick Clegg and Daniel Simonsen (from the show) would become chancellor.

Naturally, I would assume the duties of the monarchy so I could dress up all posh.

Politics would then be completely suspended for one hour everyday, in which we would perform our show. Laughter would be compulsory and tickets would be thousands of pounds each. I would ensure a sell-out show each night by making unrealistic threats through a megaphone.

(This isn’t really a publicity stunt, just a dictatorial pipe-dream.)

Who else are you planning or hoping to see?

Bo Burnham is the only person I have tickets for so far. I imagine I’ll go and see his show as many times as I can as I think he’s a genius. I’m also hoping to get along to the Chortle student final as a few friends of mine are taking part.

Otherwise, The Lunchtime Club, Joe Lycett & Andrew Ryan and Tom Basden are topping my list.

What do you have planned after the Fringe?

I’ll be going back to University to feign interest in politics. I hope they don’t find out about the above plans.

Sum up your show in three words for us:

Celestial. (Not really)

Complete this joke for us: “A man walks into a Fringe show…”

and the barman says “I think I’m in the wrong joke…”

You can buy tickets to see Rhys in The Comedy Reserve on the Pleasance website.

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