Who? Tom Houghton
What? The Honorable
Where? Pleasance Dome, JackDome (venue 23)
Are you prepared for what this year’s Edinburgh Fringe has in store for you?
I don’t know if I could ever feel totally prepared. I also don’t know what this Fringe has in store for me. I know that the show is loads of fun and I’m having a blast writing it. Oh go on the, yes, I’m prepared. BRING IT ON!
What is the premise of your Edinburgh show this year?
My dad has just been made a Lord and so by default I am now “The Honourable”. Yes, I know, ridiculous. I’ve been sacked from Weatherspoon’s twice! The show is me running through the (dis)honourable things I’ve done in my life, questioning what honour is and realising that sometimes it can be found in the most unlikely of places.
What was the biggest obstacle you face(d) while putting this show together?
Being honest about myself and especially subject matter involving my family. Being brought up as the son of the Ex-chief of defence staff means I’ve seen and picked up a lot of things, some of which is very delicate subject matter.
Who would most enjoy your show?
Hopefully anyone. I try to make the un-relatable, relatable. There will be a lot of talk of living in historical palaces and having body guards while avoiding the IRA as a child, but at the core the issues are universal.
Do you have any other Edinburgh show recommendations?
Troy Hawke is a fav. As is Gareth Waugh. Also very excited to see what Lauren Pattinson is doing after her incredible year. Go to all of these.
What is your favourite thing about Edinburgh as a city?
The castle that sits above it like Harry Potter.
What are your plans for after the festival?
I’m flying straight to Sweden for another festival. Very, very excited about that one. No rest for the wicked ey?