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10 Edinburgh questions – James Sherwood
He's a little bit political, he's a little bit satirical, he's a lotta bit witty musical comedian with a Radio 4 vibe, and he's got a new show ... it's James Sherwood
1. What is your show about?
My show is about good people and bad people.
2. Describe it in 3 words.
People: good? Bad?
3. What is your favourite part of the show?
My favourite part of the show must be one of the bits I’ve cut, because no audience could possibly enjoy them as much as I did. Maybe my joke about Denis Healey, or possibly the punchline "pro-celebrity colonoscopy".
4. Complete this sentence: if you like _____ then, hell, you might just like my show.
If you like mild expletives then, hell, you’ll have enjoyed this sentence. If you like leaving the last letter off greetings then, hell, how are you? But if you like either comedy and/or music then, hell, you might just like my show.
5. What do you hope to achieve at this year's Fringe?
At this year’s Fringe I hope to achieve at least one really snotty review; I hope to lug my keyboard across the city to play to an audience of three people at least once; and I hope I will be told that a really important person from the comedy industry is coming to my show, then give the best performance of my life, then get told afterwards that they couldn’t come after all. But then I’m a dreamer.
6. What worries you most about this year's Edinburgh?
I’m most worried that somewhere between the Gilded Balloon ticket office and the room I’m performing in, the council will have built a tram line, adding 45 minutes to the journey time.
7. Name 3 other shows you'd recommend seeing.
I’d recommend seeing Andrew O’Neill if you a) like that kind of thing, or b) don’t. A year or two ago, Jim Smallman did a great hour that left me thinking, ‘There’s a lot more to be said here,’ so go watch him say a bit more of it. And Stephen Carlin is always magisterial.
8. What would you be doing this summer if you weren't doing Edinburgh?
If I weren’t in Edinburgh I would be watching, playing, commentating on, and going to see quite a lot of cricket. I would also be reading all the Fringe reviews, and claiming I wasn’t.
9. Do you think you can instinctively tell a good person from a bad one?
No, I think you can tell whether someone is nice or not, but some nice people are dreadful.
10. What piano pieces have you been working on in your spare time recently?
I’ve been writing a few songs, away from my Fringe show: "I’ve Forgotten Why We Liked Nick Clegg"; a song about coalitions called "In Belgium"; a short ditty about the royal wedding; a little belter about homophobia in the Church of England; and, for everyone wondering how Doctor Hook would have treated the Chris Huhne story, there is the sexually aggressive country-rock classic "Take My Points".