Stand up Dave Bibby is performing his debut show Nobody Puts Bibby in the Corner at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. The show is a showcase of sketches, improvisation and storytelling, with a variety of comedy characters and accents to delight audiences. Dave will be performing at Underbelly, Cowgate throughout August.
1) What excites you most about the Edinburgh Festival?
There is still that little spark about the place every year where someone comes out of nowhere to get people excited. I mean, for every one of these there’s 50 people who have paid their life savings to a PR ‘guru’ who has never seen them perform, but like the scene of a tragic event look beyond the hype headlines and you’ll start to see good people on the fringes.
2) What is your first Edinburgh show about?
Nobody Puts Bibby in the Corner is my first solo venture north of the wall. It’s comedy tapas – a mix of storytelling, stand up, sketch, songs and even a little gameshow element as well.
3) Does your comedy attract a certain type of audience?
Drunks. Lots of drunks. Though my show is packed with audience interaction where the audience become the stars – the joke is always on me. So my audiences are fun and increasingly confident. But mainly drunk.
4) What is the worst experience you’ve had with Edinburgh accommodation?
One year we threw a massive house party and my flatmate forgot to mention there was a viewing the following morning as the landlord was selling. An estate agent turned up with a startled young couple and climbed over piles of Edinburgh Festival’s most despicable (and unprofessional) sleeping comedians.
5) What is your most treasured memory of your comedy career so far?
Getting trolled. We (my sketch group Lead Pencil) performed live from the prestigious BBC Festival stage for Radio 4 and got our first Twitter troll. I have a section in my show where I put some abuse on the screen from 10 years of #showbiz. But there’s nothing like your first random troll to make you feel like you are making it – nobody trolls nobodies.
6) What show will you definitely be seeing at the festival this year?
Spencer Jones does The Herbert in ‘The Audition’. He’s my fave dickhead. Also some amazing one woman shows to look out for – ‘Victim’ at The Pleasance and a little known show called ‘Fleabag’ at Underbelly.
7) What do you hope to gain from the Edinburgh Festival this year?
8) What do you imagine your last ever show will be about?
It will be called ‘Hasta La Vista Bibby’ and will be a one-man retelling of ‘Labyrinth’ with a finale where I reach out and touch David Bowie in Heaven like The Creation of Adam… except I die at the end. Every day for a month.