Performer: Aidan Goatley Photograph by: Andy Hollingworth Show: The Vicar’s Husband / 10 Films with my Dad / 10 Films Podcast Venue: Sweet Venues Promoter: Sweet Productions
Tell me about your Edinburgh show.
My new show is called The Vicar’s Husband because my wife is training to become a vicar and I’m an atheist. It’s a standard ‘atheist meets girl, girl finds God. Atheist thinks he’ll cope with a 5 bedroom vicarage in Sussex’ story. The other is 10 Films with my Dad’ which I’ve been doing at the Fringe since 1947.
Tell me about your first gig.
It was a lovely pub gig in Brighton. There was Houmas.
Do you have any rituals before going on stage?
No but I always wear Batman underwear. I have more than 1 pair so it’s ok.
Tell me about your best and worst review.
I think the worst review was from The List that claimed its problem with ’10 Films’ was that ‘his father isn’t even dead!’ The best is probably from my friend Steve’s boy who said I was ‘funny, like the joker in the Batman Lego movie.’ He’s six years old and that’s on the flyer.
During this Edinburgh run, do you plan to read reviews of your show?
Yes. The good ones I will agree with and the bad ones I shall proclaim incompetent.
How do you feel about reviewers generally?
The good ones I agree with the bad ones I proclaim incompetent.
In April 2018, YouTube comedian, Markus Meechan (aka Count Dankula) was fined £800 for training his girlfriend’s pug dog to do a Nazi salute with its paw, in response to the phrase ‘Gas the Jews’. Do you believe Meechan committed a criminal offence, and why?
I have no idea who this is.
Oh he’s clearly a dick who loved the publicity. Let’s not give him any more.
Are there any subjects that are not suitable for comedy?
No but it depends on the context and the person delivering the joke.
Have you ever gone too far?
Yes. I went to Benfleet in Essex.
Looking back over your time as a comedian, tell me about the best gig of your career.
I think it would have to be the 150th performance of ’10 Films.’ I finally knew all the words by then.