Fringe Q&A: Joe Jacobs

Joe Jacobs is back like he left his car keys. Why? To swiftly shank away your negative thoughts. Mixing sardonic stand-up with live rap, reach a zen mood guaranteed to offend prudes. Repeat these positive mantras. ‘I have purpose’, ‘happiness is one drug deal away’, and ‘I will buy many tickets to Joe Jacobs’ Grimefulness show ASAP’. Namaste bumbaclarts.

As seen/heard on BBC Three, Channel 4, BBC Radio 4, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 1Xtra.

This is not your first time at the Fringe?

No. I’ve been coming here for years. Big fan. This is probably my seventh time.

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

A stand-up show about finding peace in a world that’s increasingly grim and chaotic. I chuck in a few raps here and there too.
After years of poor self-care, I have recently become a lot more mindful, but I’m still trying to shake off some old bad habits. I’m sure many people will share a few.

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

I took last year off the festival to work on this show without rushing it. While making a lot of fun new music.
I have created an EP just for the Fringe and have produced a very limited run of 50 cassettes to sell after the show. (With a free digital download inside.) When they’re gone, they’re gone! The new 6 track EP is called State Of The Art.

Are you nervous ahead of your opening night?

Of course. I want everything to run smoothly, but since I’m basically a totally disorganised one man gang, it will probably not. It’s worth seeing just to witness the potential shambles for yourself.

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

Because my show is unequivocally the best. I’m the greatest comedian in the country and the best kept secret at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. You’ll watch Grimefulness and a hole in your heart will be filled with the joy and reverence of life. The mirth and salvation you will experience after watching me perform will be akin to an ethereal religious experience. All are welcome. Unless you are in any way affiliated with The List.

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

Loads of great acts are knocking about. Go see Jamali Maddix, Lucy Pearman, Huge Davies, Jayde Adams, John Kearns, Ben Clover, Spencer Jones, Nigel Ng, Lucy Pearman, Bobby Mair, Desiree Burch, and men berating lamp posts in the street.

What’s on your hit-list to see?

I want to see September feeling spritely.

What are you planning to do on your days off?

The things I’m gonna do! Visit the Isle of Skye. Climb the summit of Arthurs Seat. Spend an afternoon enjoying the National Museum of Scotland perhaps.
Or more than likely lay down all day and watch Youtube.

Sell your show in no more than ten words….


Joe Jacobs new comedy show ‘Grimefulness’ is at the Just The Tonic Up The Road for the month of August at 4pm daily. For tickets go to

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