Edinburgh Fringe: Geoff Norcott interview

A trade unionist’s son who grew up on a council estate, Geoff Norcott, who’ll be in Underbelly’s Med Quad until 28 August (not 15), is wondering how he ended up leaning to the right. A motley South London upbringing may be the root of his more provocative views in this brand new ‘satirically incisive’ hour of stand-up. Writing credits include Channel 4’s Alternative Election, The Sarah Millican Television Programme, 8 Out of 10 Cats and The Now Show. AAA caught up with Geoff for a chat.

 Is this your first time at the Fringe?

No, but it I guarantee there will be a couple of days when it feels like it.

no – Tell us about some previous visits?

I had a great Edinburgh last year. Like a junkie I’m back, only with a much bigger spoon.

Tell us a bit about the show you’re in this year?

It’s my stand up show ‘Conswervative’. About how the hell a council estate kid like me with a Trade Union father ended up voting that mob. I also named my newborn son ‘Sebastian’. I’m basically a class traitor and willing to admit it.

How much work has gone into getting it ready for Edinburgh?

A lot. My wife has had me testing material on her since February and frankly she’s sick of it.

Are you nervous ahead of your opening night?

Always. I don’t get nervous for club comedy gigs, but Edinburgh is different. The first preview at the festival is like Christmas Eve: exciting but a strong chance your presents will be shit.

There’s thousands of shows on – why should Fringe-goers fork out to see yours?

Because the politics at the Fringe can be a bit predictable. You can come to agree or disagree with me. I’ve even built in a heckle amnesty so lefties can have their say. Because if it’s one thing the festival needs more of it’s lefties having their say…

Are there any other shows on this year you’d recommend?

I previewed with Matt Forde the other night and he looks set to deliver yet another hour of hugely enjoyable political comedy.

What’s on your hit-list to see?

Apparently there’s one where you stare at a baby. I’m good at staring. I guarantee he’ll look away first.

What are you planning to do on your days off?

I have this weird tradition of driving to Falkirk. No reason. I just want to go to a real town to be reminded what life’s like in the real world.

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

I pick fights with choirs rather than preaching to them.

Geoff Norcott, Conswervative, Underbelly Med Quad, 7.10pm, www.edfringe.com

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