Edinburgh Fringe: Stephen Bailey, interview

Following his sell-out debut tour and appearances on ITV’s Safeword, Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and W’s Celebrity Advice Bureau, everyone’s favourite ‘guilty pleasure’ returns with another of his infamous gossips. Join Stephen, support for Katherine Ryan on her UK tour, as he tackles everything from celebrity culture to politics, and from dating to working-class family life.

AAA caught up with Stephen for a chat in between shows.

How has your Fringe been so far?

It has been lovely. The audiences have been queuing around the block and enjoying it, which in turn has made me love it. Now, I just need to get the Guardian to come and see a show that’s without cause but really funny, which to be fair is a niche at this festival.

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

My show is called Stephen Bailey: Can’t Think Straight and it’s a hilarious stand up hour packed with jokes, stories, audience interaction and I bring LGBT rights to a predominately heterosexual audience.

What’s the audience reaction been so far?

I’m still here thus they’ve pleased me.

Do you read your reviews? Do negative ones bother you?

I do read reviews. Reviews used to bother me, then I realised just like comedy reviews are subjective and sometimes don’t land. I feel like if you’re a reviewer judging comedy and don’t give me four stars or comment on the comedy, you need to not call me Iain Stirling in my review – then I review you and your incompetence.

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

It’s free. You don’t have to fork out a thing.

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

Eggs Collective: Get A Round – it’s on at Summerhall. They are a brilliant Mancunian theatre group and I had the best time.

What’s on your hit list to see?

What the fuck is a hit list?

What do you like to do in Edinburgh on your day off?

I got my hair done, went and treated myself to a new top and got a massage. That’s how the other half live, don’t you know?

Do you agree with those who say the Fringe has become too big?

EVERYTHING has become too big.

Can you recommend a bar or restaurant in Edinburgh?

I can but I won’t – it’s mine and Sean Mcloughlin’s hiding place. We have a friendship that is sacred and don’t want people to know.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen in Edinburgh this year? 

Me being up at 8am! Edinburgh gives me the worst bowels.

Sell your show in no more than ten words

Buffy, The Vampire Slayer good (and dick jokes).

Stephen Bailey: Can’t Think Straight, Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 5,15pm, until 27 August, www.edfringe.com

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