“It’s mostly a steady stream of abject horror mixed with the joyful catharsis of titting about on a stage.”
WHO: Joe Jacobs, Performer
WHAT: “Joe Jacobs is back like he left his car keys. Why? To swiftly shank away your negative thoughts. Mixing sardonic stand-up with live rap, reach a zen mood guaranteed to offend prudes. Repeat these positive mantras. ‘I have purpose’, ‘happiness is one drug deal away’, and ‘I will buy many tickets to Joe Jacobs’ Grimefulness show ASAP’. Namaste bumbaclarts. As seen/heard on BBC Three, Channel 4, BBC Radio 4, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 1Xtra. ‘Mike Skinner with jokes’ **** (TheWeeReview.com). ‘Comedy Gold’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Rising star’ (Time Out). ‘Jew’ (Jewish Chronicle).”
WHERE: Just the Tonic at The Caves – Just Up the Road (Venue 88)
WHEN: 16:00 (60 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
I’ve been to Edinburgh before. I visited the Fringe a couple times before I did comedy.
Loved it. Was drunk by 11am, eating cholesterol and getting up to mischief.
What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?
It’s mostly a steady stream of abject horror mixed with the joyful catharsis of titting about on a stage. The biggest thing has been getting back into making music after a bit of time away. I’ve been working on a brand new album and self-producing all the music videos myself. It was supposed to be out in time for this show, but you can’t rush these things. I reckon 2028 for the LP. However, I will be selling a small run of cassettes at the show though. An exclusive EP especially for the Fringe.
Tell us about your show.
My new show is Grimefulness. It’s stand up comedy with a sprinkling of rap. The show is produced by Rick Ross, who took a very hands-on approach during the embryonic stages. This year I’m talking toxic masculinity, finding serenity in a world gone shit and feminist-influenced videogame titles. There’s also a questionable routine about my good friend Peanut having a bad reaction to some seafood while engaging in a form of Jamaican patois.
I’m hopefully going to do a few more dates post August. Sign up to my mailing list for the latest Jacobs info.
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
I saw Mark Silcox’s show a couple years ago when I was feeling a bit down in the dumps. It managed to raise my spirits and inspired me to pick myself back up. Very funny too. Go and hang out with Mark a few times. Think he’s been doing the same show the last 4 years. You won’t regret it. He made me a lovely egg.
Off the top of my nut, some comedy people worth looking into are Trevor Lock, Phil Kay, Jamali Maddix, Phil Wang, Rob Auton, Lucy Pearman, Jayde Adams, Sean Morley, Phil Ellis, Helen Bauer and Alasdair Beckett-King.
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