Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should people come to see it?
It’s called Divilment and it’s on at 7.40 in Pleasance Beneath. It’s really about mischief and how that can brighten up your day. It’s definitely an esoteric, philosophically rigorous cerebral show. Or it could turn out to be fun.
What are you most looking forward to about coming back to Edinburgh?
What’s been your favourite / funniest Edinburgh Fringe experience so far?
Years ago at my first Edinburgh Fringe as a stand-up (and before I became all cynical and jaded) I saw Johnny Vegas do Late ‘n’ Live. It ended at about 4 o’clock, about an hour after it was due to finish. The last thing I remember was the faces of the band. There they stood patiently waiting to get on, watching as a topless Johnny sang “Miss American Pie” and then stage-dived into the audience. They watched it all in a rather impassive way, their faces portraying only the slightest hint of bemusement as if to say “Well we weren’t expecting that”.
If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?
Well if you’re saying no amount is too much I’d tell the pope I’d donate enough money to eradicate world poverty if he french kissed the Queen at their next meeting. A stunned but secretly delighted Elizabeth II would just stare at him silently. The braying press pack would demand of His Holiness the reason for his tongue gymnastics and the Vicar of Rome would reply “I had to do something to try to replicate the elation of seeing Neil Delamere’s show in the Pleasance at 7.40”.
Who else are you planning or hoping to see?
I’m going to try to make it in to see the mercurial talents of Andrew Maxwell. We’ve worked together a lot in Ireland and he always makes me laugh but never does it in a way I expect. I’ll catch Alun Cochrane if I can too. Our shows have followed one another in the fringe a couple of times ensuring we were like 2 comedic ships that passed in the night. Any time I’ve managed to watch his show I loved it. If I get time I’ll also head along to Andy Zaltzman’s show. I love the Bugle, the podcast he does with John Oliver. He’s also a performer that I wouldn’t normally get to see at home so I’m determined to catch him while I can.
They are the shows I want to see but it is Edinburgh. You and I both know I’ll probably see nothing but my own one given my inherent comedian’s laziness. (Have you noticed that all my recommendations while genuine also begin with A. That’s as far as I’ve gotten in the brochure).
What do you have planned for after the Fringe?
I’m going to take a holiday as far away from stand-up comedy as possible. North Korea should hit the spot. After a bit of Kim Jong I’ll detox I’ll hop back on the comedy treadmill again with a tour and a couple of pilot shows.
Sum up your show in three words for us:
Funny mischievous tomfoolery.
Neil Delamere appears at the Pleasance Beneath from 3-28 Aug (not 15) at 19:40. More details are on the Fringe website.