“In it, I’ve looked at aspects of my own personality; and I’ve asked other people for examples too. It includes a routine on what pop music has to teach us about being good and bad; and a style of songs which I think are a bit different.”
Returning to Edinburgh with his new show – I Fed My Best Friend Her Favourite Cow – James has enjoyed sell-out success in Edinburgh before with his blend of standup and comedy songs.
“These new songs are more like stories,” he explains. “They’re more related to the sort of songs you’d find in a musical – they allow me to stretch my legs a bit.”
“And it all ends with a big ridiculous musical finale. Without meaning to give too much away, it’s got a singalong satanic feel…”
This is James’ sixth Fringe in a row, after his first solo appearance in 2006.
“I look forward to it,” he says. “You don’t have too much time to spend worrying about it, to be honest; I’m currently focused on getting people along to previews.”
“One of the advantages of musical comedy is that people are happy to hear the same material again,” says James, “which is often the opposite of stand-up.”
“It’s still nice to still be able to pull things out the hat though – it keeps it fresh for everyone.”
James Sherwood will be performing his show I Fed My Best Friend Her Favourite Cow at the Gilded Balloon throughout the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 3rd – 28th August. For more information and tickets see www.edcomfest.com.