Performer: Gary Sansome Photograph by: Gary Sansome Show: Bald Man Sings Rihanna Venue: Ciao Roma Promoter: Indie
Tell me about your Edinburgh show.
This is my third year of doing the show, each year has been bigger and better so hoping to go three for three with that – it’s just silly fun with jokes, some singing (sort of) and lots of messing about with the audience. There is no message or politics, just about having a good time and a laugh under the Umbrella of comedy.
Tell me about your first gig.
My first gig was above the George Pub in Central London, was the Showcase of Chris Head’s excellent comedy course which I did just for a bit of fun – it went great and was really fun – probably the biggest rush I have had in comedy despite gigging all over the world in big clubs. Second gig was in a corner of a bar in Ealing with old disintersted men drinking pints at the bar, it was abysmal – I think the promoter left the country and in eight years never seen or heard of him again.
Do you have any rituals before going on stage?
With a solo show or at Edinburgh I like to do a pre-show, mcing the crowd and welcoming the crowd before it starts. Normal gigs ill write out my set list and for Edinburgh I will write a set list and go through it a few hours before.
Tell me about your best and worst review.
Best review was from the lovely people at Bunbury Magazine who gave me 5 Stars last year, it totally described everything the show was meant to be, was perfect. When I was a new act I was once reviewed by a random blogger who said “Gary Sansome is neither original or funny” I was on with Daniel Kitson that night so perhaps there was strong competition. No one read this so why I am highlighting this I dont know.
During this Edinburgh run, do you plan to read reviews of your show?
In two years I have only been reviewed once due to chance meeting with the reviewer, so not particualrly expecting to be reviewed. If I do get reviewed I will read it though, there is loads of free time in Edinburgh.
How do you feel about reviewers generally?
I’ve not had a bad review so I love them. As a comic you are instantly reviewed by the audience thats the main review you need. Generally I dont have any issue with reviewers.
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?
He is actually from my hometown I’m surprised he has survived this long with the name Markus. He even said it was a bad thing he was teaching the dog, it wasnt a crime.
Are there any subjects that are not suitable for comedy?
I’m a big Sadowitz fan so no, for something totally horrible and outlandish it needs to be done correctly to be funny and I do get why people dont like certain subjects being covered but people should be free to joke about what they want, few comics can get it right though, but people are also free to say they dont like it as well.
Have you ever gone too far?
I remember doing the odd silly joke when I was just starting but i’m not really an ‘edgy’ comedian. I had a crowd turn on me for making a joke about Paisley in Glasgow so that was too far that night!
Looking back over your time as a comedian, tell me about the best gig of your career.
Been some great ones, doing Carolines in New York, a packed outdoor ampitheatre in Western Australia but my best gigs would have to be doing ‘Bald Man Sings Rihanna’ on Saturdays in Edinburgh last year – packed room, totally unexpected audience interaction with people from all over the world, cant beat that.