James Dowdeswell - On The Mic

James Dowdeswell jokes about booze. The ultimate happy hour. Why are ales crafty? Why do girls taste better than boys? What’s wrong with a sideways glance at merlot? What’s it like to grow up in a West Country pub? Find out at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe with James’ new show, Wine, Ale and I.

“It’s an hour of gags, factoids and songs about booze. I’ll be joking about craft beer, cider, wine and what makes your perfect pub.”

Why did you choose to perform as part of Laughing Horse?

“I performed at Alex’s venue, The Austral, at this year’s Adelaide Fringe and got talking to him over a few bottles of wine…”

How do you describe your comedy to those that might not have seen you before?

“I’m a West Country stand-up with a sack full of gags, geeky stories and impressions.”

What advice would you give your seventeen year old self?

“Don’t overthink it. Just do it. And when you find something you like doing, be persistent. Also, wear sunscreen. Never wear rimless glasses.”

If you were curating a stand up show for television, who would be your guests?

“Adam Bloom, Phil Kay, Bill Burr, Tommy Tiernan, Flight Of The Conchords and Ivan Steward, the comedy referee.”

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