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Iain Stirling – 10 Edinburgh questions

Sunday, July 22 2012

If you don't know Iain Stirling, he's the Philip Schofield/Andi Peters of his generation, kind of playing second fiddle to a puppet on kids TV – Schofield/Peters didn't have a stand-up show up their sleeve though (thank god)

Iain Stirling

1. What is your show about?
The uncertainty we all have about how our life turned out, where our life is headed and how we compare to others. That and Cliff Richard.

2. Describe it in 3 words.
Not enough words.

3. What is your favourite part of the show?
The end is quite fun, it involves my Mum and hopefully it a nice uplifting ending! Do come and see it!

4. Complete this sentence: if you like ... people who are rubbish at selling their shows on comedy websites ... then, hell, you might just like my show.

5. If your show were a dog, what type of dog would it be?
Hacker T Dog (CBBC), as he was my sidekick on kids TV but now much funnier/popular than me. If my show is as funny as his, we are on to a winner. Or maybe a Doberman.

6. If you could change one thing about the Fringe, what would it be?
The cost.

7. Name 3 other shows you'd recommend seeing.
Sheeps, Andrew Maxwell, Daniel Kitson.

8. What would you be doing this summer if you weren't in Edinburgh?
Talking to a puppet dog.

9. How did you get into comedy in the first place?
From Edinburgh so I grew up around it. I did my first few gigs years ago at the festival. Hooked ever since.

10. Is getting a nod for the Newcomer award important to you?
If I don't win I'm going to kill myself.

And here's Iain doing his thing on Russell Howard's Good News ...

• Iain Stirling – Happy To Be the Clown is on at 9.40pm at the Underbelly


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