Fringe Q&A: Alun Cochrane

Alun Cochrane has been doing solo shows at the Fringe since 2004. He’s performed droll, anecdotal, observational comedy on TV panel games and stand-up shows and he’s part of the award-winning Frank Skinner show on Absolute Radio. During these offence-taking times he has decided he may as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb. Apols to vegans.

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

No. I have been doing solo shows since 2004. When I dinged a bell whenever I said one of my favourite words.

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

It’s me behind a microphone saying stuff about division, news stories, religions, aubergines and crime.

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

Well if you don’t work on an Edinburgh show you may be a fool, or very rich, or so famous a shit show wouldn’t matter. I think I’m none of those so I’ve done some* work.

Are you nervous ahead of your opening night?

I try to reframe nervousness as excitement where I can. It doesn’t always work.

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

My mate once told me my comedy is like filo pastry, I’d love people to come and see my stuff and tell me what on earth he meant by that, and can they see my filo pastry quality?

What’s on your hit-list to see?

Titania McGrath’s show. Usually John Hegley. I’d like to see Frank Skinner who I work with but he’s on at 9pm and I’m at 9.20.

What are you planning to do on your days off?

I will have my family up at that point so I’ll be spending the day shouting at children who have been missing me. I’m a pretty horrible Dad actually.

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

Centrist Dad says potentially upsetting sentences for fun and money.

Alun Cochrane’s new stand up show ‘Brave New Alun’ will be at the Pleasance Courtyard Cabaret Bar at 9:20pm from 31st July – 25th August. For tickets go to

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