Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should people come to see it?
I’m on at the lovely Bee-Hive in the Grassmarket at 5pm. The show has no theme. It’s straight from the hip stand up. One third of it is my favourite routines but the other two thirds have been put together over the last nine months especially for the Festival.
I’m happy to be covering some up to date stuff such as The Arab spring revolution, The Condems, The Royal Wedding and whatever else may pop up between now and show time. I’ll also be covering more light hearted stuff such as my Gran’s knitting and Pickled Onion Monster Munch.
What are you most looking forward to about coming back to Edinburgh?
Being from the Edinburgh area I’m looking forward to catching up with old friends, chips with salt and sauce and watching American tourists dive for cover every time the One o-clock gun is fired from the castle because they think we may be under attack.
What’s been your favourite / funniest Edinburgh Fringe experience so far?
I have a bit of a resemblance to Charlie Boorman and have signed autographs on his behalf a couple of times.
The funniest thing was one night a couple of us told a fellow comedian that a certain prominent critic (who our comedian didn’t like) was standing in the Pleasance courtyard, but it wasn’t really them. Our comedian went over and gave this poor student a complete bollocking. The poor guy was just standing there going, “I don’t know what you mean, I’m just here to see Ross Noble.”
If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?
I’d put on a fireworks display at the start of the festival that would be twice as big as the one the council put on at the end.
Who else are you planning or hoping to see?
Tom Stade, Mick Ferry, Gavin Webster, Martin Mor, Mike Dollan and a whole plethora of Scottish acts. Although I think I’ll see most of Martin and Mike as I’m sharing a flat with them.
What do you have planned for after the Fringe?
Possibly a holiday then start work on next years show, which does have a theme and is provisionally called “Before The Boybands Won.”
Sum up your show in three words for us
Totally Made Up.
John appears at the Beehive from 4-28 August at 17:00. More details are on the Fringe website.