“I’ve learned that in global pandemics stand up comedians are definitely not key workers. I’ve not absorbed this fully yet or I’d have retrained as a nurse.”
WHO: Jamie MacDonald
WHAT: “The New York Times – America’s “Daily Record” – asked: what’s the worst that could happen to you? Blindness won! Jamie’s not sure it’s that bad. The star of Life on the Blink (BBC Radio 4) and Blind Ambition (BBC Two) once hated his eyes, then he accepted them and nowadays he loves them (he had the same journey with olives). Emotionally detached psycho or just blind happy? Plus if everyone hates blindness why do they listen to audiobooks?”
WHERE: Gilded Balloon Teviot – Sportsmans (Venue 14)
WHEN: 19:45 (60 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
Nope this is my 7th show at the Fringe. The fringe is unique in that it’s like the hunger games for performers. All year round Stand-up is a collegic profession full of great and wonderful people from all walks of life. But in August when there are 5 billion brilliant shows and a finite number of punters and your show is the best!the gloves are off!
What are the big things you’ve learned since 2019 and have you absorbed any of the lessons yet?
I’ve learned that in global pandemics stand up comedians are definitely not key workers. I’ve not absorbed this fully yet or I’d have retrained as a nurse.
Tell us about your show.
Basically the New York times ran a poll asking people to vote for the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Blind came number 1! Smashed it! Now given that blind people can’t read the flipping paper this is rigged. Plus as a blind guy I don’t think my disability is as bad as all that. This idea that blindness must be a continual drag on my existence is bollocks! Disability and happiness are not mutually exclusive – although they were when at high school I was made to be Glasgow’s only visually impaired hurdler. The show is being jointly produced by Andrew Roach talent and Gag Reflex. No idea where it’s going next. Will have to see how it does in August.
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
There is a tonne of great shows to see this year. Go see these guys: Larry Dean; Liam Farrelly; Jo Caulfield; Lou Sanders.
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