Everyone’s favourite sharp-tongued, loveable gossip returns to the Edinburgh Festival this year with his new show Can’t Think Straight. Stephen Bailey will be performing at the Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters throughout August.
1) What excites you most about the Edinburgh Festival?
I feel like the Fringe is the end of year disco. And then September you get to start a fresh and I love it.
2) What was your first Edinburgh show about?
My first Edinburgh show was about how a boy broke my heart and broke me down. Woe is me. This new one is about finding the self confidence to be comfortable in my own skin again
3) Does your comedy attract a certain type of audience?
I have a surprisingly mainstream audience. Everyone comes – male, female, young, old (71-year-old Bob in Southend is obsessed with me), straight, gay. I love it.
4) What is the worst experience you’ve had with Edinburgh accommodation?
When a toilet exploded into the carpet and human faeces leaked into said carpet and the landlord wouldn’t do anything until we left at the end of August.
5) What is your most treasured memory of your comedy career so far?
Finally feeling like I was being taken seriously as a comedian and I must say that came from Katherine Ryan very generously taking me on tour with her when no one else would have me.
6) What show will you definitely be seeing at the festival this year?
Eggs Collective, Evelyn Mok, Ellie Taylor, Grainne Maguire, Jayde Adams, Charlotte Church and just when you think I only love women, I’m going to see the pro that is Rich Wilson.
7) What do you hope to gain from the Edinburgh Festival this year?
I’d really like just to keep building that audience. I’d also like to eat a lot of takeaways with my roomie Jayde Adams. Just have a laugh. It’s a comedy festival.
8) What do you imagine your last ever show will be about?
I hope it never ends. But I’d love to be doing a show one day where we’re laughing back at how stupid we used to be at voting #Brexit #Trump.