Who? Jake Lambert
What? Never Mak The Same Mistak Twice
Where? Pleasance Courtyard – Pleasance Below (Venue 33)
What are your feelings as you enter into this year’s Edinburgh Fringe season?
It’s exciting, I always said I was more excited for my second hour than my first as you have to start again. The first hour is a culmination of years of material, but for this one I have had to write much more presently and to theme, and I’m really looking forward to that. Oh and also the fear of just how tired and mad you go over the course of the month… there’s also that.
What is the premise of your Edinburgh show this year?
It’s about learning from mistakes and using that to go forward. I’ve just moved in with my girlfriend and I’ve realised it’s all very serious, and as she’s Australian we have a lot to decide on. Basically she’s from Melbourne which got voted as the best place to live for 7 years in a row, so I feel guilty that she moved to London for me. Oh also we don’t want children which people seem incredibly shocked to hear (especially our daughter).
What is the biggest obstacle you face(d) while putting this show together?
I’m trying to be more open and honest, I’ve always struggled with that; last year I tried but some people said I wasn’t open enough about that – (which sort of comes with the territory) so I’m dealing with that both off stage whilst writing it, and on stage whilst talking about it.
Has your attitude towards the Fringe changed at all in recent years?
As I’ve gained more experience, written my own show, and also seen other people’s, I’ve learnt/learned? (I should really google that) the difference between a show and just a prolonged set. I am also a little disappointed by how much people seem to want to make people cry and feel more than actually laugh, that’s a real bugbear of mine, it’s become a bit cliché and cheesy. Laughter should always be the main thing you’re making your audience do as a comedian.
Do you have any other Edinburgh show recommendations?
Yes, I’ve been very lucky to have been supporting Seann Walsh on his latest tour and the show is phenomenal, he has used all his experience and skills to write a brilliantly personal and honest show – actually please watch mine before his if you can because otherwise it will be quite underwhelming.
Where would you like to be in a year’s time?
I’d like to be going into the Edinburgh Festival after a successful year, with a slightly higher profile in comedy so that I can play to more people and so a higher percentage of the audience are already aware of me and my style of comedy before the show. I already have an exciting and different idea for next year’s show so I’m excited for it already.