Performer: Paul Currie
Photograph by: Kris Telford
Show: Hot Donkey
Venue: Heroes @ the Hive
Promoter: Indie

 

Tell me about your Edinburgh show.

It’s stupid silly sweaty and has a story running through it about how I became a muppeteer and then jacked it in when I realised I was chasing someone else’s vision and not mine. It’s a positive message sandwiched into a big absurdist bap!

 

Tell me about your first gig.

My first fringe solo comedy gig was in 2009. However my first performance at the fringe was in 1991 in the Bedlam theatre, I was 17 and had to slice my gay Drama tutors throat every show in a gay murder scene from a Joe Orton play which in hindsight was way funnier than any comedy show I’ve done since. Reason being my very Ernest tutor couldn’t see that every time I sliced his throat I was pulling a crazy face and it got big laughs, which it shouldn’t have and he got very upset about this. I denied everything.

 

Do you have any rituals before going on stage?

 

I stand within 3 feet of Joz Norris for 5 min. His general vibes fill me with joy and positivity. Joz doesn’t know this.

 

Tell me about your best and worst review.

No. Because reviews are ALL bullshit, they mean nothing, all written by scared introverts who have no comprehension of what live comedy actually is and the bravery it takes to do it, because if they did they wouldn’t be judging any of us.

 

During this Edinburgh run, do you plan to read reviews of your show?

No. But yes.

 

How do you feel about reviewers generally?

See above 🙂

 

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?  

Yes I believe he did. Only for putting it on social media. Otherwise between just him and his girlfriend that MAY have been very funny for both those insensitive fuck wits, but we’ll never know now cause he fucked it!

 

Are there any subjects that are not suitable for comedy?

No. Comedy is art, and art is billions of mirrors reflecting everything.

 

Have you ever gone too far?

Never… far enough.

 

Looking back over your time as a comedian, tell me about the best gig of your career.

Possibly in Galway black box, at the Galway Comedy Festival, performing to over 600 people and getting them all to stand up and mime riding the luck dragon from Never ending Story. It was Magical. But tbh every good gig is the best gig. It’s a drug.