Award-winning young comedian Paul McCaffrey has been described as a ‘disgruntled everyman’ in the past.
“I guess that’s a good description,” he says.
Since appearing on the scene a few years ago, Paul’s position as a ‘bit of an idiot’ on the moral high ground has won him many fans and admirers. In 2009, he won the Latitude New Act of the Year award, and 2011 sees him return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his debut solo show.
“I’ve been to the Fringe twice before – three times if you count an appearance in So You Think You’re Funny. The last couple of times have been in packaged shows with other comedians – it’s a bit nervewracking doing a solo show here for the first time.”
“The preparations are going well though,” he says, “and the previews have been popular, so the signs are all positive.”
As a return visitor to Edinburgh, what’s Paul looking forward to about coming back?
“A lot of partying!” he says, laughing. “No, seriously, I will try and curb that this year. No more hammering on the door of the Penny Black at 7am in the morning – only to discover it was Sunday and it was shut!”
He loves the Fringe though, recalling visiting it for the first time.
“I couldn’t believe the size of it,” he says. “Everywhere seemed to become a venue, it was a bit overwhelming.”
“It’s the greatest place in the world though. Full of inspiring and creative people and the atmosphere’s great. Such a beautiful city too.”
“And of course, the bars being open til 5am is a bonus!”
Anything in particular he wants to do this year when he visits?
“I really want to go up Arthur’s Seat,” he says. “I say that every year, but maybe this year I’ll actually do it!”
We’ve lost count of the number of performers who’ve said the same to us over the years. Perhaps we should organise an ‘Edinburgh Fringe Comedians Walking Tour of Arthur’s Seat’?
“Count me in,” he says.
Great – though we think you should probably wear more than just your pants, Paul.
Paul McCaffrey: Saying Something Stupid is on from Aug 4-28 at the Underbelly in the Cowgate. More details are available on the Fringe website.