Peter Bazely says ‘welcome to the jungle’ at this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
I wrote my dissertation on Stand-up Comedy, it was titled ‘Is there a formula to Stand-up Comedy?’ Then years later I tried doing it myself, and realised how little you can know until you do it yourself.
One of my first gigs was the brutal Gong show at the London Comedy Store, I invited all my friends; expecting to win the competition.
I got on stage and had no real idea what I was doing.
I thought you just sort of made it up on the spot, I lasted 11 seconds before being Gonged off.
I quit comedy that day, only to return in 5 years to try again. Eventually learning enough skills and writing some actual jokes.
Years later I returned and beat the Gong in both the Manchester and London Comedy Stores.

Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
I’m doing a couple of shows this year; AAA Standup is me and two other comedians (Jon Long, Colin Chadwick) doing comedy club style sets. From musical comedy, story telling and one liners; the show has something for everyone.
Also I am doing ‘Peter Bazely & The Funky Bunch: Welcome to the Jungle!’ A comedy show which mixes Stand-up with sketch, music and theatre of the mind.

How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
The AAA Stand-up show will be a showcase of our ‘club’ standup. We have been working on these jokes for 5+ years, so expect some finely crafted material and honed characters.
‘Peter Bazely & The Funky Bunch: Welcome to the Jungle!’ I’ve previewed three times in London to glowing feedback, I look forward to seeing what the people of Ed Fringe think.

Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
As a punter, pace yourself! The human brain can only concentrate for so long especially if its tired or drunk. I tend to try and fit in loads of shows on the last few days I’m at the fringe, but I end up sleepy and unable to enjoy some great acts. Don’t be like me, don’t over do it, don’t drink too much, don’t stay up all night. Or do, because thats fun too.

What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
The thing about my act is its embarrassing anyway. My character is a guy who’s life is crumbling. So when the gig is also a shamble its extra embarrassing. People come up to me afterwards and talk to me like I’m deluded and they say things like ‘Thanks for giving it a bash’ or ‘well at least now you’ve had your worst gig’, even the ones who love my stand-up say things like ‘so are you trying to be a comedian?’.

Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
Stewart Lee because you know he is Stewart Lee, I work in front of house at the Leicester Square theatre when I’m not doing Design or Stand-up, so I’ve seen him perform hundreds of times. He is an interesting character and from years of performing has become brilliant.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
If i’m nervous then a toilet will be needed. Otherwise I will ritually drink copious amounts of alcohol.

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
Edward Aczel, Tim Key, Luke Mcqueen, Limmy, Daniel Kitson, then the ones I see every year because I saw them my first year
Russell Hicks and Phil Kay who I love.

Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the Fringe?
The exciting thing about me and my show is; no one knows who I am. discover me now and then you can say I was there at his shows back in the day, shame about what happened to him but yeh I was there.

AAA Stand-up
7:15pm Pleasance Court Yard 1-25 August

Peter Bazely & The Funky Bunch: Welcome to the Jungle!
10:30pm Three Broomsticks (Venue 398) 4-25 (not mondays)
51 South Bridge, EH1 1LL

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