Kevin J doesn't want his dad coming to his debut hour show...
1. Tell us about your career so far. Are you happy with where you're at?
I started stand up when I was 19 and I'm now 27, it's a long 8 years. I am more than happy with where I'm at, as long as I have a stage and mic I'm happy, an audience is always a bonus. My dream was to play Hackney Empire which I have done a few times, so I consider myself very lucky.
2. Describe your show in exactly 23 words.
A Fringe debut that explores the life of a young Kevin J growing up on a notorious council estate in Tottenham, North London.
3. Why are you putting yourself through this famously stressful experience?
It's famous for a reason and that is reason is just how awesome the Fringe is! The buzz of Edinburgh is addictive, I can see why so many comedians say 'never again' and then do it again. Being my debut I luckily don't have that burden of stress, for me it's sheer excitement.
4. Any cunning plans to get more punters in?
I wish I did, I will probably just be handing out flyers looking like one those chaps that give away the free newspaper near train stations.
5. How much money do you think you'll lose/make this year?
This is my first paid show. I'm expecting a loss, but the tune of what I have no idea. Gulp!
6. What's your weirdest past Fringe experience?
Yes, last year I did half an hour on the Free Fringe. The weirdest part of last year was doing a show at 3.30pm - comedy in the daytime was really weird because I'd only gone to bed about 5 hours before my show went up.
7. What other shows are you hoping to see?
8. If you took over programming a venue, what would you perfect line-up of comedians be?
9. Name the one person you'd rather not bump into during the festival.
My dad, he hasn't a positive word to say about my stand-up other than "you're braver than me"!
10. Why should audiences pick your show over the 1,700+ other comedy offerings at this year's festival?
I'd like to think I could honestly say it's something different. I have played the black comedy circuit for 7 years, travelling to Africa and across Europe performing. The voice and tone of my story is one that isn't all too common.
'Kevin J: Council Estate of Mind' is at 10:15pm at Gilded Balloon on 5-18, 20-30 August. Listing