Performer: William Andrews
Photograph by: Performer self-portrait
Show: Willy
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard - Bunker One
Promoter: Fight in the Dog
Online: Box Office Facebook Website

 

Tell me about your Edinburgh show.

I gave up comedy about 9 years ago to concentrate on knife throwing. Three dead women later, I’m Back.

 

Tell me about your first gig.

The whole world’s a stage, but some bits of the world are actual stages. One of those stages was in the basement of the Christies Bar at the top of the grassmarket, (where i did my first gig aged 19) That was a long way to say that. Now permanently closed, because I smashed it.*

 

*Didn’t. Lacklustre at best

 

Do you have any rituals before going on stage?

I like to question my life choices in something i call a “hellish negative mental storm”. I probably piss a few more times than i need to, but i wouldn’t say that was a ritual.

 

Tell me about your best and worst review.

I once was asked out on a date with a reviewer. She had given me a lovely write up for a Stand gig and she got in touch with her number. I called her and she refused to believe it was me because quote “I didn’t sound Geordie enough”.

 

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

Yes. Loudly. In through the letterboxes of the bastards who wrote them.

 

How do you feel about reviewers generally?

Some have great letter boxes, no brushing, or internal flaps – you get a clear shout path. Other ones have american style wall mounted ones – that are no good at all. Those pricks are dead to me.

 

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? 

Not a comedian.

 

Are there any subjects that are not suitable for comedy?

Markus Meechan

 

Have you ever gone too far?

I’ve missed the odd turning, yes.

 

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

I can’t remember, but anything at the Glasgow Stand. Best club in the world. Is that a funny answer? No. No it’s not.