David Trent’s comedy is multimedia-based, with the comic coming armed with projectors, PowerPoints and video clips. Trent is loud and uncompromising, with a hint of chaos about him – a perfect contrast to the pre-planned nature of his video material. He will be performing his latest show at Just the Tonic at The Caves throughout August.
1) What excites you most about the Edinburgh Festival?
I get excited that I am going to get to eat at all my favourite places especially Palmyra Pizza and Kebabs and Wings. Sometimes you can find a couple of people flyering for Wings. If you do a chicken impression you get a free bowl of Wings. I do five chicken impressions for them. And also I like the Crepe stall.
2) What was your first Edinburgh show about?
It was called Spontaneous Comedian and it was a tribute to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 but because I didn’t call it “A Tribute To Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, the computer goes wrong and the human is helpless without his tool” nobody ever mentioned it, not even when all the lines in it towards the end were directly lifted from the script.
3) Does your comedy attract a certain type of audience?
No. My comedy attracts absolutely no type of audience whatsoever. I would say it would appeal to people who like to go out at 10.35pm and watch a man shouting at a TV.
4) What is the worst experience you’ve had with Edinburgh accommodation?
I have had a very bad flat at 28 Lutton Place, which should be avoided as it was like a normal flat if it had been meticulously coated in a layer of grease and sadness. It really was a depressing month. My tip is always get a flat with a living room. And also don’t get a room with a door through to another room or your friend’s girlfriend will be coming into your room and whispering “Stop snoring Trent” into your ear in the middle of the night and you will feel very confused and scared.
5) What is your most treasured memory of your comedy career so far?
Machfest, 2010. Magic.
6) What show will you definitely be seeing at the festival this year?
I always make sure I see the bagpiper at the top of the Royal Mile. He is really terrific.
7) What do you hope to gain from the Edinburgh Festival this year?
I don’t hope to gain anything except a one million dollar contract to turn my show into a HBO special and a massive crown that I can wear around my dick.
8) What do you imagine your last ever show will be about?
It will be about a man who went to Edinburgh hoping for nothing, but then when he got there he got given a one million dollar contract to turn his show into a HBO special and a massive crown that he wore around his dick, but then it cut into his dick and the cut went septic and he died and as he died he realised that he thought that getting a one million dollar contract to turn his show into an HBO special would solve all his problems and make everything great, but now he realises that that was true and that he’d had a great time until he died of a septic dick.