Fringe Q&A: Jack Gleadow

Winner of Amused Moose National New Comic and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, Jack Gleadow makes his Fringe debut after performing as part of the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve in 2018.

Jack is one of the most exciting new stand-ups on the comedy circuit and has been seen performing at Latitude providing tour support for Lloyd Griffith. He is also the runner-up in 2017’s Chortle Student Comedy Award.

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

2012 was the first time I visited the Fringe as a comedy fan and I have not missed a year since. It’s always been a fun time of the year for me and I always look forward to coming up to see friends and shows but this will be the first time I’ll be performing a solo show so it feels a bit like it’s the first time I’ve ever been!

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

It’s my debut show so it’s jam packed with all my favourite jokes and routines and I also tell the story of how I got into comedy through being a magician when I was child. It’s mainly about love of all round entertainers and what it takes to become one. My style of comedy is often likened to old school variety so I delve into why I like it – I’m an old soul trapped in a young man’s body so we will spend the hour looking at Bruce Forysth, Showaddywaddy and The Macerena.

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

Well I’ve been doing comedy for about five years now so I guess this is a culmination of all those years of gigging and writing but in realistic terms I’ve been working on the show for about a year and a half. I’ve really enjoyed the process and though it’s been stressful it has allowed me to be more creative with my comedy and step a bit outside of my comfort zone. I think it was the right time to do the show as I was just itching to perform longer sets and really develop my jokes and style.

Were you nervous ahead of your opening night?

Yes and I think it would be silly of me not to be. I always get nervous before gigs anyway but because this is a solo show I feel like it’s more personal as I’ve worked on it for so long I just want people to enjoy it and have a good time.

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

The show has something for every comedy fan, it’ll give you a break from shows that have a political and social stand point, which I think are brilliant and some of the best shows I have seen at the Fringe, but I just want people to come have a laugh for an hour and watch something that’s silly and a little bit different whilst we go on a comedy adventure.

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

Ian Smith is a brilliant comedian who consistently brings fun, silly and interesting shows to the fringe which is why I got him to direct my show so I’d definitely recommend him. The Kagools are a fantastic silent comedy double act giving a show that’s great for all the family. What’s on your hit-list to see?

What are you planning to do on your days off?

Rest and try not to think about my show. As much as I can’t wait to perform at the festival a month is a really long time and I think it’s good to have a break from the fringe as you can get wrapped up in it all. So I’ll visit the beach, go for a walk up Arthur’s Seat or take a trip to Glasgow although I’ll probably do none of that and just lie in bed all day and watch Netflix.

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

Its funny, has jokes, music, props and a scooter

Jack Gleadow’s debut stand up show ‘Mr Saturday Night’ will be at the Pleasance Courtyard Below at 5:45pm from 31st July – 25th August. For tickets go to www.edfringe.com

Leave a Comment