Andy Daly is an American sketch comic and improviser who is bringing his most popular monstrous comedy characters to this year’s Edinburgh Festival. Daly’s show, Monsters Take Your Questions, will be at the Gilded Balloon’s Wine Bar throughout August.
1) What excites you most about the Edinburgh Festival?
I’m excited to see some comedians I’ve never seen before and very excited to perform for a fun-loving festival crowd. My show involves a lot of audience participation and I’m curious to see what the Edinburghers bring to it.
2) What is your first Edinburgh show about?
My show features three of my most beloved (and most monstrous) characters who will tell the audience a little bit about themselves and then throw the floor open to questions. So what is it about? I guess we’ll find out together!
3) Does your comedy attract a certain type of audience?
When I perform live in the States, my audience tends to be people who’ve heard me on comedy podcasts. These folks are true comedy fans, comedy connoisseurs, if you will. Also, they don’t mind when things get a little raunchy. My characters are lovably disgusting! I actually have no idea how familiar Scottish audiences are with my characters. I’m guessing I’ll be performing for some existing fans as well as some people who have no idea what I do. Should be fun.
4) What would be your worst Edinburgh accommodation nightmare?
Probably jail. I’ll bet that’s the worst place to stay in Edinburgh. I’m going to try very hard to stay out of jail. But no promises!
5) What is your most treasured memory of your comedy career so far?
Can I give you three? I got to be in a sketch with Martin Short once. I got to improvise with Fred Willard. I got to sit around on a set and nerd out about 70s comedy with Martin Mull, Chevy Chase and Julie Haggerty. Those are fun times I’ll never forget.
6) What show will you definitely be seeing at the festival this year?
Because I’m traveling with my kids, the only shows I’ve looked into so far are kids shows. There’s a kids production of Macbeth that I can’t wait to check out. It’s about time my daughters reckoned with the consequences of murder!
7) What do you hope to gain from the Edinburgh Festival this year?
My goal is really just to have an enjoyable time. Anything beyond that will be gravy. But the idea of being introduced to the UK audience and getting to work there more often really appeals to me. I’m such a fan of British comedy and I’d love to be a part of it.
8) What do you imagine your last ever show will be about?
There’s a decent chance this IS my last ever show. And I don’t even know what this one’s about. So that’s a tough one.