NORTHERN JOKER Justin Moorhouse talks about the world falling apart in new Edinburgh Fringe show

Name: Justin Moorhouse
Name of Edinburgh show: Northern Joker
Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot
Performance time: 1900
Show length: 60 mins
Ticket price: £6.00-£13.00

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
I’m a stand up comedian. I have been since 2000, I do bit of telly, some acting, I write and probably best known for being in Phoenix Nights decades ago.

Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
It’s about the uncertainty I find myself in, as my kids grow up, my dog gets old and the world falls apart around us.

How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
All my life is the pretentious answer. But probably about 12 months, it’s relevant to me and I’m here so I don’t know really how to answer that

Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
Performers – work hard, play nice, hydrate, sleep lots, see loads of shows, have fun, ring home, take walks and above all appreciate what we have Vistors – see 6 shows a day, book ahead, carry snacks, don’t be late for shows, bucket generously, avoid heckling

What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
I have no stories of this ilk. Every gig I have ever done has been perfect

Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
Les Dawson, Chris Rock and Billy Connolly – all three for unique voices, funny bones and ability to graft

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Clean my teeth and empty all my pockets

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
Scott Bennett. He owes me a fiver

Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
Because in a fringe packed with diverse, interesting, exciting and important work there is only one show that mentions Dundee, Puffins, Mexicans living in Stockport and uses condiments as a Brexit allegory.


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