One half of comedy duo Doggett and Ephgrave (can you guess which?), David Ephgrave is a comedian and musician who has been working on the circuit for over nine years. He is bringing his latest show Mostly David Ephgrave to this year’s Edinburgh Festival as well as blogging his experiences at the Fringe. Publishing a piece of writing every single day, as Ephgrave does with his blog, is surely a fantastic way to encourage creativity and avoid stagnancy.
To find out more about David, I asked him these seven questions…
1) What is your most prominent Edinburgh Festival memory?
The time I got stuck inside a pouffe at the bar at the Pleasance Dome. I was chatting with my double act partner Glyn and a couple of other comics, when the bit of the footstool I was sitting on fell through, meaning I fell through with it. I tried to style it out, which is a physical impossibility.
2) What is currently playing on your mind?
The fact I have to leave for a gig in a few minutes, along with the fact I shouldn’t have eaten my second hot cross bun of the day and also finished off a packet of biscuits.
3) What are you bitter about?
The misrepresentation of Paul McCartney’s solo work, which is a lot better than people give credit (listen to it). That, and Andy Fenwick at my secondary school once comparing me to Ned Flanders; I don’t know why, as I wasn’t a Christian zealot with a tache and I didn’t have a surprisingly muscular physique. I still haven’t, more’s the pity.
4) Do you have good balance?
No. I suffer from a condition called labyrinthitis, which bears no relation to David Bowie. It’s a form of vertigo that’s exacerbated by bright lights and loud music; good job I don’t earn my living as an actor, musician and comedian.
5) Do you find joke writing or song writing easier?
They’re very different beasts. They’re one shared quality is conciseness. I think you get better at writing comedy as you get older, whereas songwriting gets harder; I don’t think I’ll ever better songs I wrote when I was nineteen.
6) What makes you feel peaceful?
Meditation and ketamine.
7) What do you want to be?
Under the sea, in an octopus’ garden in the shade; people who are familiar Abbey Road will understand.