Edinburgh Q&A
Brendan Murphy.

Brendan Murphy: 10 Edinburgh Fringe questions

Brendan Murphy answers 10 questions about his 2016 Edinburgh Fringe show.

Give us a quick overview of your comedy career so far. Are you happy with where you're at?

I had a magic act when i was about 7, The Great Brendano. Did the usual circuit: the living room, auntie Maureen's house, down by the shed. Then, after a short hiatus to concentrate on my collection of POGs, I decided to take the act in a different direction and explore the improvised comedy world. I've been doing improv, sketch & character comedy since 2010 with some great shows including NewsRevue, Potted Potter, Knightmare Live, BattleActs! and The Beau Zeaux.

Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (but mix them up, keep us guessing!).

1. I have an extensive collection of military swords.

2. Idris Elba once called me "the king of improv".

3. I do not partake in the eating of fish or their underwater cohorts.

Describe your new show in exactly 23 words.

A stupid, surreal, one-man Sesame Street - preposterous tales from a forgotten cloakroom. An absurd, bag themed character comedy. A cloakroom cult. SEE IT.

Any cunning plans to get more punters in?

I'm planning on posing as the official Fringe cloakroom.

What's your plan for trying to eat - and drink - healthily during the Fringe?

DAY ONE: Stock up on vitamins, vegetables and protein supplements.
ALL OTHER DAYS: Ignore the food I have at home and eat falafel for every meal.

What will you miss most while you're away from home?

My extensive collection of military swords.

Aside from performing, what else are you looking forward to doing in Scotland's fine capital?

Buying a sweet ass leather jacket from Armstrong's Vintage Store and having an argument with the man who 'rented' me a bag last year but closed his shop on the day I was supposed to return it - MURPHY'S COMING FOR YOU, PAL.

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

Tony Law, Lazy Susan, Abandoman, Birthday Girls, Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, Tom Waits, Bill Murray... Also beef jerky and slush puppies.

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

Somebody covered in spikes.

Why should audiences pick your show over the 1,800+ other Fringe offerings listed on BCG this year?

It's the best and funniest show on the Fringe. It will change your life, improve your social standing and make you more attractive to all around you. Also, gold coins. The show has an abundance of gold coins.

'Enter the Bagman' is at Gilded Balloon at the Counting House at midday until the 28th August. Listing