Edinburgh Fringe: Micky Bartlett interview

Micky Bartlett, Ireland’s unabashed and hilarious new comedy star (BBC’s Monumental, two seasons), is entering the last year of his 20s and he isn’t prepared. Catch his new Fringe show, Blissfully Ignorant, and discover why Adam Hills calls him “one of the most consistently funny people I’ve ever worked with.” AAA caught up with Micky for a quick chat earlier in the week.

How has your Fringe been so far?

It’s been great! Comedians look forward to the Fringe all year, so I glad it’s finally here.

Tell us about the show you’re in…

My show is called Blissfully Ignorant (5.15pm, Gilded Balloon). It’s my brand new hour of standup. I’m turning 30 in a few months and I’m simply not ready!

What’s the audience reaction been like?

It’s been great! I’ve been lucky to have really nice audiences in the show.

When did you realise you were funny?

When I was about five I think. I stuck a piece of paper on my top lip and started trying to speak in a German accent… it was highly inappropriate!

Were you the class clown?

Not really. I spent most of my time in school trying to think up good excuses for not having my maths homework.

Can comedians get away with saying things no one else can?

Sometimes. I think most people are clued in enough to understand that a comedian is only joking. If more people got offended by what politicians said instead of stand-ups, the world would be a much nicer place.

Was there a comedian who inspired you?

Tonnes of them. Billy Connolly, Richard Pryor, Tommy Tiernan – to name a few.

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

I saw Scott Gibson’s show Life After Death, and I don’t think I’ve laughed harder in my life!

What’s on your hit-list to see?

I’m desperate to get a ticket for Tommy Tiernan’s show. Also I highly recommend Set List for any hardcore stand-up fans.

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

I never take a day off… I’m a wee trooper!

Can you recommend a bar or restaurant in Edinburgh?

Piemaker… always Piemaker.

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

I saw a ninja turtle having a fag break… that was odd.

Sell your show in no more than ten words…

Buy tickets or I’ll have to sell my car!

Micky Bartlett: Blissfully Ignorant, Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14), 5.15pm, until 28 Aug, www.edfringe.com

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