Joe Bor is an observational character comedian, actor and writer. He currently does TV warm up for The Graham Norton Show and Mock The Week. Martin Walker asks about the challenge of performing two shows at the Edinburgh Fringe.
“My first show is A Room with a Jew. A stand-up show where I’m investigating my Jewishness and sharing funny stories from my life. And it’s free.”
And you have a second Edinburgh show, Jasper Cromwell Jones: This Is Not A Holiday
“It’s a character show following Jasper Cromwell Jones, a character I performed at last year’s festival. He’s a hapless adventurer and this latest adventure is about the search for his real father. He finds out that his real father is in the Outback, so he goes to Australia and does his best to survive the harsh conditions, with the help of his friend Bear Grylls. There are more characters in this show as well and I’m joined by two brilliant actors, Samantha Baines, who plays my stalker Gemma, and Kieran Chambers, who plays my cousin Jimmy.
Oh, and it’s free.”
How did you find yourself working with Graham Norton?
“The production company who make the show saw me perform and tried me out for the warm up and I’ve been doing it for about 3 years.”
You also work on Mock the Week. Any backstage gossip you can share?
“The buffet is probably the best buffet you get in any green room.”
If you were curating a stand up show for television, who would be your guests?
“That’s a good question. Some of my favourite stand ups at the moment are probably Nick Helm, Julian Deane, Paul F Taylor, Carl Donnelly, Nathan Caton, Josh Widdicombe, James Acaster, Rob Deering and Sara Pascoe.”