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

Mark Dolan by Steve Ullathorne

Mark Dolan by Steve Ullathorne

I talk about married life, fatherhood, politics, celebrity culture and my obsession with Poundland. I mean everything in there is a pound! That's amazing, isn't it? I buy a lot of stuff in there purely because it's a pound. I have a lot of doorstops and toilet brushes if anyone wants one. Soon I'll be able to open my own Poundland franchise. But I'm going to undercut them by charging 97p. And then I can retire.

Which comedians have been your biggest influence?

Woody Allen, Peter Sellers, Barry Humphries, Dave Allen, Groucho Marx, David Letterman.

What random things make you laugh in everyday life?

My children. They are the best comedians I've ever met. I'll be out of a job soon…

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

Best was performing in a stand-up competition in the year 2000. It was the first time I realised it wasn't only me that thought I was ok.

Worst gig? Any gig on a hangover. Which is why I never drink the day before a gig. Which means when I'm busy, I'm basically teetotal. And when I'm not, I'm the life and soul of the party!

Do you still get nervous when you do a gig?

No, just excited!

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

It's being able to do an hour-long show every day for a whole month. It's like a comedy triathlon. Your funny muscles are bulging by the end. HOPEFULLY!

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

Anyone I've never heard of! It's very exciting to see new talent emerge and make a splash.

What is your advice to aspiring comedians?

Keep writing and keep gigging.

What is the oddest heckle you've ever received?

ME: so where should I go after the show tonight?

HECKLER: home.

What is next for you?

A new comedy series called "The Funny Thing About" on Channel 5 in the autumn. Very exciting indeed!

Mark Dolan's new stand up show 'Life Hacks' will be at the Gilded Balloon Sportsman every day at 8pm for tickets go to

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