Please tell us about your brand of comedy- what can audiences expect?

Glenn Moore

Glenn Moore

Lots of slightly odd, off-beat jokes that are a bit different. I'd like people to leave my show knowing they could pick my jokes out in a police lineup. The show's about preparing yourself for leaving home, but I've tried to make it as ridiculous as possible.

Which comedians have paved the way for you?

Lee Evans was the first comedian I ever saw, and that was when I was about 8. I thought everything he was saying was off the top of his head, and I was just blown away. I found out shortly after it was all a goshdarned lie, but thought 'Hey, I can lie as well'.

What random things make you laugh in everyday life?

Middle aged people trying to call after their parents in public. Absolutely love hearing a 50-year-old man in a shopping centre yelling 'MUM! MUM! MUM!' Every time.

Please tell us about your best and worst moment on stage so far.

I love that you say please before some of the questions. It's so polite. Anyway, here's a two-in-one answer: I was doing a gig in Newbury, and I was about one minute in when I started talking to a guy in the front row who looked way too young to be in the audience of a comedy gig. Someone at the back of the room obviously recognised his voice because she said "David?!" And it turned out he'd been grounded, but had sneaked out to a comedy night without realising that was also where his parents had gone for the evening. He got promptly marched out of the room by his mum, which was arguably my best moment onstage and also my worst because the whole gig was unsalvageable after that.

Do you still get nervous when you do a gig?

It depends on the gig, but I do go into essentially every show knowing there's a possibility I could be booed off. It hasn't happened yet, but I'm always convinced it's just around the corner.

Why is Edinburgh Fringe Festival such a great platform for comedians?

Despite the financial expense, there isn't really any other place in the country where you can have your own hour-long slot every day for a month where you can do whatever you want. Don't quote me on that, but I'm fairly certain...

Who are you looking forward to seeing as an audience member?

I think possibly my parents. They've never seen me do a stand-up show before, so this'll be interesting. Maybe this time next month, I'll have been disowned - fingers crossed!

What is your advice to aspiring comedians?

Don't worry about your first terrible gig - you'll improve so much more afterwards than if you had a great one.

What is the oddest heckle you've ever received?

I've never really been heckled (I think I've seen it happen about once a year - it really isn't as common as you'd think), but this happened a few years ago and was more powerful than any heckle has ever been. A gig I was doing in Sheffield was going ok, but about halfway through my set, a guy in the front row got up from his seat, walked over to the fruit machine next to the stage, and just started playing. There is no coming back from that.

What is next for you?

For me on my own: absolutely no idea. I've got to see how Edinburgh pans out first. For my sketch duo Thunderbards, we're writing a show for CITV called Scrambled, which is on TV in September. Please watch it. Please.

Glenn Moore makes his solo Fringe debut with his show 'Glenn Moore: Glengarry Glen Glenn' at the Just The Tonic Caves Just Up The Road at 6pm each day for tickets go to www.edfringe.com


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