+3 Interview: Tony Cowards: Punderdog

“The show is debuting in Edinburgh and then I’m performing it at various other festivals around the UK.”

WHO: Tony Cowards, Performer/writer

WHAT: “‘The best joke writer around’ (GQ) returns to Edinburgh with his new show bursting at the seams with glorious gags, preposterous puns and witty one-liners. Punderdog is the follow up to last year’s hilarious Daft Pun, which featured in the Top Jokes of the Fringe for The Scotsman, The Daily Mirror, The Evening Standard and The I newspaper. If you like your comedy fast and furious, daft and silly (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?), then ‘you’ll definitely enjoy this!’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘A brilliant joke-teller’ (FiveAA.com.au, Adelaide Fringe). After all, everyone loves a punderdog.”

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

WHEN: 16:00 (55 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is my 5th time performing at the Fringe.

I took three shows up between 2007 and 2009 and then after a long break I returned last year with my show Daft Pun which was well received and I got invited to perform it at the Adelaide Fringe earlier this year.

I think the break did me good as last year was by far my favourite Fringe, I enjoyed doing my show, I had lots of fun doing other spots and it didn’t rain too much!

Tell us about your show.

My show is called “Punderdog” and it’s a collection of silly jokes and daft anecdotes, there’s no real theme other than it’s funny and is guaranteed to make you laugh.* It is written, produced and performed by myself, Tony Cowards, so if anything goes wrong I have no one to blame but myself.

The show is debuting in Edinburgh and then I’m performing it at various other festivals around the UK, it will be available for a World Tour if any promoters or wealthy patrons are reading this.

*Guarantee is not legally binding

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

In all honesty they should get out and see as much as possible but if they’re fans of one-liners and silly wordplay then I would recommend Bec Hill and her show Out of Order.


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+3 Interview: Will Duggan: Perspicuator

“This is not my first rodeo.”

WHO: Will Duggan, Overlord

WHAT: “In a world mired in issue, who’s our secular Messiah? Will Duggan. Join him on another ‘must-see for comedy aficionados’ (EdFestMag.com) as he solves it all, no mess, no fuss, no problem. What a legend he/I is/am. You may know Will from Fosters award-winning Funz and Gamez, his 2016 show A Man Gathering Fish or those naughty dreams you sometimes have.”

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

WHEN: 17:20 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is not my first rodeo. I’ve been coming up to the Fringe since 2011. I’ve done split shows, package shows, am part of the wonderful Funz and Gamez in which I play a cynical man dressed as a dog, and this is my second solo show. My first one last year was so much fun that I felt honour bound to come again, and blow me down, I only done gone did it.

Tell us about your show.

I wrote this show with a little help from all the things that have happened to me this year. I’m self producing because I always think that if a thing’s worth doing, then it’s worth doing to the point of complete mental exhaustion. I’ve done previews up and down the country to a range of very happy, to very unhappy audiences. Ideally after the Fringe I’ll be too busy being the next Bond to do it anywhere else, however in reality I hope to take it around a few smaller venues across the UK. But we shall see.

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

A therapist.

Nah, just kidding. There’s so much good stuff, I think people should go and see some of everything. Go and see something you hate. Last year I went to see some ballet, which I was livid about, ended up loving it. Been to three since. Wonderful artistic me. Great comics to go see are Kiri Pritchard McLean, Geins Family Giftshop, Rachel Fairburn, George Rigden, Jordan Brookes, Phil Ellis, Jim Meehan, Fin Taylor. Just so many.


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+3 Interview: Annie McGrath: Ambivert

“The cast is absolutely sensational- a real pleasure to work with.”

WHO: Annie McGrath, Writer/performer

WHAT: “After last year’s joke did so well (Dave’s Top Ten Funniest Jokes of the Fringe 2016), Annie returns to Edinburgh with another one. Annie has written and performed on ITV2, Channel 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC Radio Wales.”

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

WHEN: 18:20 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

If only! This is my 9th Edinburgh fringe. I first went up in 2006 with a very questionable school play. Then for the three years I was at university, I was in a sketch group, The Leeds Tealights, with various brown-haired, white boys from the South. After university, Jack Barry (one of the Tealights) and I formed sketch duo Twins and wrote four fringe shows together. Last year was my first solo stand-up show; this year will be my second.

Tell us about your show.

My show is called ‘Annie McGrath: Ambivert’. The cast is absolutely sensational- a real pleasure to work with. The show is produced by Plosive Productions, a company set up by the brilliant Ben Williams, former comedy critic at Time Out. Before Edinburgh, I previewed the show in London, Kent, Buxton, Northampton & Bath. I’m sure I’ll do it again in London after the fringe.

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

I saw a preview of David Trent’s show at ARG Fest and it was great. He is a funny man.


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