Edinburgh Q&A

Aidan Strangeman answers 10 Edinburgh Fringe Questions

Aidan Strangeman.Aidan Strangeman's plan for how he is going to motivate his flyering team sounds a little bit illegal to us.

1. Tell us about your career so far. Are you happy with where you're at?

Woah, "career" and "happy" are very strong words. I won So You Think You're Funny? last year, I'm just back from Montreal Just For Laughs, and I'm about to perform a debut show that I'm really proud of in Edinburgh. I wouldn't call it a career, yet, but I would say that I'm happy. Call me in September and ask me again.

2. Describe your show in exactly 23 words.

A bittersweet musical comedy journey through my life which will give you laughing pains and tunes you can't get out of your head.

3. Why are you putting yourself through this famously stressful experience?

I have such a deep-seated need for public validation that I would risk my mental health to satisfy it. Obviously.

4. Any cunning plans to get more punters in?

Starving my flyerers and giving them one jelly bean for every person they get to come to the show. That's legal in UK now, right?

5. How much money do you think you'll lose/make this year?

I'll lose just enough to make my bank manager want to have one of our infamously friendly chats again.

6. What's your weirdest past Fringe experience?

I've only ever been over for the SYTYF? semi-final and final; I thought the whole thing was weird. I'm worried that come September I'll find it hard to settle back into normal life.

7. What other shows are you hoping to see?

David O'Doherty, Bec Hill: Out Of Order and Bridget Christie amongst many, many others.

8. If you took over programming a venue, what would you perfect line-up of comedians be?

Just sticking to musical comedy, it would be Tim Minchin, Flight Of The Conchords, Garfunkel & Oates, Bill Bailey and The Lonely Island.

9. Name the one person you'd rather not bump into during the festival.

Someone whose name I can't remember, which happens a lot; I have poor name/face retention. It's not that I don't care, it's just that that part of my brain is a little bit stupid.

10. Why should audiences pick your show over the 1,700+ other comedy offerings at this year's festival?

Because I've put a lot of work into it and if they don't come I'll cry. It will be really, really ugly, loud, public crying as well; and it will be all your fault, so come, and don't have me make a scene.

'Aidan Strangeman: Horsey' is at 5:30pm at Gilded Balloon on 5-16, 18-31 August. Listing