+3 Interview: Jack Barry: High Treason

“My show this year is all about the legalisation of drugs, the only political issue I care about.”

WHO: Jack Barry, Comedian

WHAT: “This show is about why we should legalise all the drugs. It’s serious business, so has a serious name. But it’s also a pun, so you know you’ll have fun. As seen/heard on Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV 2 and BBC Radio 4.”

WHERE: Just the Tonic at The Mash House (Venue 288)

WHEN: 19:40 (50 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is my 8th year at the fringe! I have been performing here since I was a student. I will never stop until everyone is dead.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’16?

Professionally, I appeared in the Channel 4 sitcom Catastrophe. Romantically, I moved in with my girflriend. Physically, I had surgery on my knee. Culinarily, I learned to make quiche. Surreally, my genitals transformed into a bumblebee and pollinated all the flowers in Kew Gardens.

Tell us about your show.

My show this year is all about the legalisation of drugs, the only political issue I care about. I wrote it, because I feel so passionately about the issue. It’s being produced and directed by Berk’s Nest. I’ve worked with them since I was a student, before they started the company. Now they’re the most exciting production company around, so I am very happy to continue working with them. If the show is a success, who knows where it will go after the fringe. The sky’s the the limit, excuse me while I kiss it!

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

I previewed my show the other day with Nick Coyle. His new show is incredible. It’s a spoof horror story, about a governess looking after a haunted house. It’s hilarious, but at times also genuinely terrifying. You feel all the emotions while you’re watching it, I can’t recommend it enough.


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+3 Interview: Jack Barry: You Don’t Know Jack

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“I wanted to be in the Cambridge Footlights, but was too think.”

WHO: Jack Barry – Head Honcho

WHAT: “Who the f*ck is Jack Barry? Come and watch him figure it out in this show about identity and quarter-life crises. Tour support for Joe Lycett, Patrick Kielty and James Acaster.”

WHERE: Just the Tonic at The Mash House (Venue 288)

WHEN: 18:40 (55 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

No. This is my seventh year at the fringe. I’ve been coming since I was a student and used to do sketch comedy with the Leeds Tealights (I wanted to be in the Cambridge Footlights, but was too think.)

Since then I’ve been working on my skills as a stand up, appearing in the Comedy Reserve and Comedy Zone showcases. This year I’m performing my second solo hour. I’m also doing my third show as part of double act Twins, with Annie McGrath.

Tell us about your show.

I wrote it, I produced it, I’m performing it and the company is me. The company came together earlier this year when I was poor couldn’t afford anyone else to produce it for me. I didn’t do everything though, the wonderful Nick Helm has helped to direct me, shape it into a proper show and given me numerous pep talks over the last few months. I’ve been previewing it for some time, all over the country but have no idea what will happen to it after the fringe.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

I’ve only seen one show far and it was my friend Mat Ewins. He is a comedy genius and his show is amazing. However, he hasn’t bought any flyers or done any promotion this year, so make sure you don’t miss it.

I’ve also previewed with Fin Taylor, his show is amazing this year and everyone should see it. I also can’t wait to see Sean McLoughlin’s now show. His show last year was my favourite thing I saw.


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