What can we expect from your show this year?
my show is a massive phallus rammed full of jokes . For 50 minutes i will fuck your pain away with my dildo of joy and the lube of laughter . There are also serious bits about the misogny that's metastasizing through the circuit at the moment, so, something for everyone .
Does it get harder to write a new show every year?
I find learning it harder then writing it .
How much does it change from night to night?
the Audience are sober during the day so you have to work harder but they appreciate the more "writerly " bits .
The festival lasts a long-time. Does it drag or fly by?
it's a marathon that's run at the pace of a sprint .
Do Edinburgh audiences differ from the rest of the country?
They really enjoy storytelling as opposed to just straight gags .
Why did you come to Edinburgh?
BECAUSE I NEED THE ATTENTION
What did you expect?
I didn't have any expectations , i just really wanted people to enjoy my show .
How did the reality differ from your expectations?
I underestimated how knackering the whole thing would be but doing the show was an utter joy
How did you get involved in the Free Festival?
I didn't want to mire myself in debt and the free fringe seemed like a viable option.PBH should get
an OBE for services to comedy .
Are you treated well in the Free Festival or are you looked down upon at all?.
Maybe because i was in a gay bar the vibe was a lot more mellow and the crowds were very enthuastic as for being "looked down on " in the words of the rapper Drake there's no "shame in my game, playa "
Why did you move to a paid show this year & what differences do you think it will make?
I love the Stand because they treat their comedians really well and it's a very professionally run outfit . It'll be nice to have proper lights and sound and no heckling handriers.
What is the best/ worst thing about the festival?
Seeing posh Drama students in full zombie make-up in Tesco Metro fills me with overwhelming rage . I get it, You're in a show, now wash your face like a grown up before I punch you till my knuckles are pulp .
Roughly how many shows did you see last year?
None. I was either sleeping or doing gigs.
Who were/ are your comedy heroes(s)?
Greg Proops and Patton Oswalt .
The Street is an odd venue. What is the best/ worst thing about it?
Being heckled by the hand-driers was a problem until i figured out how to remove the fuses.
On the plus side the two gals who ran the bar were absolute dolls and couldn't have been kinder .
What is your favourite place to eat/drink?
the victor hugo on the meadows was exceptional .
What are you most looking forward to in Edinburgh this year?
Hanging out at funny fillies with the other funny laydez .
How will you recover at the end of the festival?
I'll be gigging in New York.
Catch Mary Bourke at Stand Comedy Club from 1-26 August at 16.40.
We intend to.
Last year DARKCHATTER Anne had a hunch to see Mary Bourke
and after charging from one end of Edinburgh to another to see her,
we were not disappointed. She duly received 3 DARKCHAT
nominations for Best Comedy/ Best Comedy Performance and
Best Free Show.
This year she is moving from the Free Fringe to The Stand and she
honoured us with her no nonsense (and frankly potty-mouthed)
comments. I probably should advise you to read this after 9pm and
with no-one under the age of 16 in the room or possibly the house!