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

Chris Stokes

Chris Stokes

It's unassuming and quite low-key. I look at social misconceptions and human behaviour as well as tell stories of my own first-hand experiences to illustrate it all.

Which comedians have been your biggest influence since you decide this was your path?

Undoubtedly Daniel Kitson and, since I discovered his work, I've been fascinated by Louis CK's ability to translate the thoughts in his head into stand-up as brilliantly as he does.

What random things make you laugh in everyday life?

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

Best moment would probably be when my first solo show won the Best Show award at Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival a couple of years ago and worst would have to be when I ended up in nought but my socks at a Christmas gig in Exeter.

Do you still get nervous when you do a gig?

I do still very much care about doing a good job, which I think is where nerves come from.

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

You get to perform your work every night at the world's best arts festival to an audience of enthusiastic festival-goers, spend a month with your friends and peers and work at your craft under the most scrutiny you'll ever be under. It's the headiest cocktail of work and pleasure.

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

Kiri Pritchard-Mclean, Will Duggan, David Longley, Michael J Dolan and A Common Man: The Bridge That Tom Built.

What is your advice to aspiring comedians?

Gig at every gig that comes at you. And chase those that don't.

What is the oddest heckle you've ever received?

"Opposable thumbs!"

What is next for you?

Hopefully after Edinburgh I'll be able to the show in a few more places before putting it to bed and starting work on the next one.

Chris Stokes new stand up show 'The Man Delusion' will be at the Underbelly Clover Room Bristo Square for the month of August for tickets go to

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