Name: Leo Kearse
Name of Edinburgh show: Right Wing Comedian
Venue: Espionage – Pravda room
Performance time: 7:30pm
Show length: 60min
Ticket price: Pay what you want
Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
My show is right-wing stand-up comedy. I’m a big fan of diversity and tolerance. I provide diversity of opinion in the sea of monotone soggy arsed Cobynista lefty virtue signalling at the Fringe. I say virtue signalling – I’ve never seen the virtue in stealing wealth from its creators and handing it to lazy people, or encouraging people to be fat, or criticising people for being born white and male. I’m also a big believer in tolerance, specifically tolerating me and my opinions on male feminists, Labour antisemites, fat activists, environmentalists, male privilege and #MeToo. I defend Donald Trump, celebrate consumerism, break down prejudice against the white working class and show the inherent immorality and impracticality of socialism.
How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
Did you listen to my first answer? All the stuff in my show is relevant – male feminists, Labour antisemites, fat activists, environmentalists, male privilege and #MeToo. I defend Donald Trump, celebrate consumerism, break down prejudice against the white working class and show the inherent immorality and impracticality of socialism.
Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
Visitors should go to somewhere in the Mediterranean instead. If you want to see some comedy, just go to a comedy club on a Saturday night like a normal person and see professional comedians doing their very finest 20 minute sets instead of deluded amateurs struggling to do an hour in the back room of a pub with the bar staff dropping a bucket of cutlery on every punchline. Performers should remind themselves that doing the Edinburgh Fringe is really easy compared to having virtually any other job. I used to work 10 hour shifts at night in a petrol station in Sighthill, I got punched in the face, had people trying to nick stuff, had to work hard for my £3.50 an hour. Doing the Fringe is realistically a total piece of piss.
What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
A few years ago I was at Spank with comedian Darius Davies. I wasn’t paying attention to what the hosts were saying and Darius suddenly told me “you can go promote your show on stage!” I was like “Really? FANTASTIC!” and climbed onto the stage where the hosts told me to take my clothes off. I didn’t realise that it’s a segment called Naked Promo, where you can promote your show if you get naked. I was already there so I had to get naked which was embarrassing as I’m a grower not a shower, I hadn’t had any time to “fluff” my penis larger and it was very cold on stage under those lights. Darius took a photo of my dick and it looked a lot like Jamali Maddix when he had a flat top and a big beard. I don’t know if anyone came to my show from it. Nobody wants to see Mr Small-Dick’s show.
Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
I like how all these acts like Mo Gilligan have sidestepped the traditional route to success – do some circuit, get signed by a big agency and stuck on the TV shows they own – by putting clips up on social media. That’s inspirational. I’d love to be able to do this but I’m incapable of doing anything without a deadline and I feel like a total nobber videoing myself.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
I put on my gig shoes and change into my gig shirt. You’ve got to take a change of clothes and shoes to a gig, the promoter will subconsciously think you’re more professional. I’m disgusted at the slobbishness of some comedians, rolling onto stage wearing dirty trainers, tracksuit bottoms and a scruffy t-shirt. It’s showbusiness. People have paid for tickets and come for a night out, show them some respect. You wouldn’t catch a symphony orchestra dressed like crap. Then I put all the stuff in my pockets in my bag so that nobody’s looking at me wondering “what’s he got in his pockets?” instead of listening to me. It’s weird the things that can distract people from watching the person on stage – if someone comes through a door, everyone turns to watch them walk through. Maybe my next show will just be me walking through doors. Then I take a shit.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
Darius Davies is returning with a new show, “The Art Of The Troll”. His last show was about his time as a wrestler – he spoke candidly about steroids, fights and a broken back – and got 5 star reviews. He’s an incredible troll and has been interviewed on BBC news where he trolled them mercilessly pretending he was on a flight that was diverted due to a stag do.
The show also includes that clip of Katie Price’s son Harvey saying “Hello you cunt” which is funnier than anything else at the Fringe.
I love watching Hate ‘n’ Live – it’s a late night improvised show with a revolving panel. The audience write down what they hate, then the suggestions are pulled out of a bucket and the comedians have to say why they hate them – no matter what the suggestion is. It’s a lot more fun and less hateful than it sounds – the atmosphere is electric as the audience waits to see how the comedian will walk the line.
Anything else I watch will be purely because I’ve heard it’s car crash bad.
Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
Maybe you shouldn’t come to see my show, it’s not for everyone. I kept getting liberal weeners in my show last year, “I Can Make You Tory”, who came specifically to get offended. These liberal snowflakes did a video review of my show saying I was “intimidating and unhinged… I was physically repulsed!” I put a video together of their video review interspersed with clips of me smaaaashing it. This got me a lot of attention from the people like Rod Liddle, who did a feature on me in the Sunday Times. So that was great. But my show’s really more for people who like loud, American style stand-up – like Chris Rock. If you’re a lefty weener, there’s loads of stuff that’ll be more up your street.
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