Edinburgh Q&A
Dominic Frisby.

Dominic Frisby: 10 Edinburgh Fringe questions

Comedian and economist Dominic Frisby 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?

My first gig was in 1997. I did an act called the Upper-Class Rapper (which I am reviving this year on the free fringe). I then did various other character acts which included it-guy Simon La Fontaine, Morris the Morris Dancer, and Ludwig the Bavarian. I soon dropped Ludwig due to, 1, the burden of carrying around a sousaphone and, 2, the arrival of genuine Germans on the UK circuit. In 2003 I got divorced and took up compering. In 2006 I got interested in economics and continued compering. Now, in 2016, I am the world's leading (only?) comedian/financial expert.

Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself.

1. The greatest love of my life is now an Argentinian soap star.
2. I was the 1991 British Open Martial Arts champion (welterweight).
3. I own a house.

Describe your new show in exactly 23 words.

Taxation has shaped history, it shapes the world we live in today, it will shape the future. Learn all via laughter in my show.

Any cunning plans to get more punters in?

A few. The key strategy has been to do it in a small room.

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

My flat is above a Tescos. I should be ok.

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

My income. My dog. And my kids. In that order.

I mean the other way round.

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

Eating fish, drinking nice ale, watching shows and being inspired.

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

The Upper-Class Rapper (obvs). Matt Forde. All last year's Perrier nominees - I saw all the shows and they were great. Beyond that my finger is not really on the pulse of who is good at the mo.

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

There's a bloke who massively plagiarised me in a film about economics, which became a huge hit. If I saw him I might spontaneously vomit in his face.

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

Mine has to be the leading 4 o'clock comedy show on the subject of taxation.

'Dominic Frisby: Let's Talk About Tax' is at Gilded Balloon at 4pm until the 28th August. Listing


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