FRINGE PREVIEW – Jeff Leach: A Leach On Society

Jeff Leach: A Leach On Society

Jeff Leach: A Leach On Society

“I love TV presenting,” says Jeff Leach, “but it can be a bit vacuous sometimes. I’ve had to put on a character in the past, but stand-up gives me the opportunity to really be myself.”

Jeff is bringing his solo show A Leach On Society to Edinburgh this year.

“The show is a personal insight into the arc of my life; my insecurities and issues. It’s very full on, but it’s about cultivating laughter from terrible things. My drink and drug follies; being groomed when I was eleven; getting piles through stress…but I deal with it in a conversational way – I’m coming up to make people laugh!”

Jeff was at the Fringe for 12 days last year, playing a 45 minute slot in the Free Fringe. Although he was relatively new to stand-up at the time, he ended up with a five star review and sellout shows.

“Last year was way more than I expected,” he says, “and this year I’m doing it properly. I am what I am – full-on, onstage and off – and fortunately people seem to like it.”

“I was overcome with how much Edinburgh comes to life; like a spiderweb of creativity, where everyone gets a chance.”

And his tip for getting the most out of the Fringe experience?

“Take a flyer on the Royal Mile from what looks like the worst, most amateur show you can find,” he says. “Then go and see it. I guarantee it will be ten times funnier than paying £17 to go and see one of the big-name comedians…”

A Leach On Society runs from 3-29 Aug (not 19-21) at the Pleasance Courtyard at 23:00. More details are on the Fringe website.

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