Performer: Foxdog Studios Photograph by: Foxdog Show: Robot Chef Venue: Heroes @ Boteco Promoter: Indie
Tell me about your Edinburgh show.
We were having a bbq last year and it got really out of hand. Pete kept losing the tongs. We resolved the deep conflict this created by engineering not only the world’s first automated kitchen, but the world’s first tongless one.
Tell me about your first gig.
We had a lot of equipment to set up. And one man in the pub wanted to watch the world cup, ruining the gig. Football would continue to ruin many more gigs to come.
Do you have any rituals before going on stage?
If we remember we’ll eat a banana.
Tell me about your best and worst review.
The best ones have proper sentence structure. We’d like to be sent reviews before they’re published. Not to see if they’re slagging us off, just to proofread them for grammatical errors.
During this Edinburgh run, do you plan to read reviews of your show?
Only in advance; see previous answer. We’ll offer pro-bono proofreading services.
How do you feel about reviewers generally?
The star system is a bit naff. It doesn’t take into account the reviewer and their personal preferences; ideally you’d read reviews from people whose interests are akin to yours and go from there.
Although we’ll take the stars. It’s an arms race.
Are there any subjects that are not suitable for comedy?
Nah it’s all good. Go ahead mate.
Have you ever gone too far?
We opened by putting a motion controlled baseball cap on an audience member’s head. Rotating and tilting their head controlled where the virtual robot looked in a cubed rendition of the Royal Mile. It worked in our heads, but not on theirs.
Looking back over your time as a comedian, tell me about the best gig of your career.
It takes us two hours to set up and one hour to break down. So while other comics are having crazy nights out and becoming industry friends, we’re busy cleaning beans off an air compressor.