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Darren Walsh answers 10 Edinburgh Fringe Questions

Darren Walsh.Darren Walsh is filled with puns. As he explains, if you see him in the street in Edinburgh you can ask for one. His answer to Question 2 below is pretty smart too...

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

I started in 2010 and I always knew my comedy career would have me filling stadiums. Just got a job driving a digger.

2. Describe your show in exactly 23 words.

word word word word word word word word word word word PUNDERBOLT word word word word word word word word word word word word.

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

I do Edinburgh for the same reason I eat breakfast baguettes... To bacon through to the other side.

4. Any cunning plans to get more punters in?

I walk around with a T-Shirt saying FREE PUN printed on it and I ask random people if they would like one, to which they give me a random subject, then I give them a pun. If they laugh, I hand them a flyer. If they don't laugh, I don't hand them a flyer.

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

I just calculated today that if I sell out every show, I'll break even.

6. What's your weirdest past Fringe experience?

Mary Poppins was handing out flyers for pigs to try and discourage them from urinating in the Edinburgh alleyways, but it wasn't working. I told her "Sue Pork-Alley for an agile piss stink 'n' axe Pee-Alley brochures!"

7. What other shows are you hoping to see?

Unfortunately, most of the shows I want to see are on at the same time as my show, so I'll have to catch them at Soho Theatre later on in the year.

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

If I started listing my favourite comedians it will make my peers angry.
I mean, he's doing quite well in the States now, with that Life Stories programme, but people pick up on these things.

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

I don't want to bump into my Tip-ex again. Last time she blanked me.

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

I think I'm the tallest comedian at the Fringe, so if you don't laugh at least you can sit in amazement.

'Darren Walsh: Punderbolt' is at 8:30pm at Pleasance Courtyard on 5-16, 18-31 August. Listing

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