Fringe Q&A: Sean Patton

On the outside, Sean Patton is loud, pudgy, white and stubborn. On the inside, he is also all of those things plus riddled with obsessive compulsive disorder. And so be it. After decades of trying to be anyone else, Sean Patton has finally decided to own who he is.

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

This is my second time at the Fringe. I came in 2017 and loved it. Yes it was hard, yes the drinking almost killed me, yes there were rough audiences, and yes I had a great time. Because yes I am a masochist. Also because it’s just fun bringing a show and doing it twenty six times in a row and feeling it become part of you. Or you become part of it. Or both. It’s hard to tell where your show ends and you begin by late August.

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

My show is called Contradickhead. It’s a fun title and I believe a very fun show. It’s a celebration of my utter imperfection. In these social media times, it’s never been easier to hate yourself. We are constantly comparing ourselves to our peers. We spend more time on instagram doing our best to appear like we’re living amazing lives when we could just be actually living amazing lives. For fifty-ish minutes, I will tell stories that showcase just how much of a human disaster I am, and I guarantee it will make you feel better about yourself. Which is the point.

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

More than I could ever convey with just words. This journey has spanned a decade.

Are you nervous ahead of your opening night?

Nervous and Excited are siblings that often get mistaken for one another. They’re twins. Nervous is the Danny DeVito and Excited is the Arnold Schwarzenegger. I am not nervous, I am excited. (Though I am a HUGE fan of Nervous’ work.)

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

Because I am the only Sean Patton in the Fringe.

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

Caitlin Cook Death Wish. I’ve seen her do it in New York, and it’s brilliant. It’s a wonderful musical, comedy, multi media show about a very real and very painful experience that I think every human on the planet can relate to.

What’s on your hit-list to see?

Steve Rannazzisi. If you know who he is, you know what I’m talking about and you know you gotta see the show, because he answers all your questions.

What are you planning to do on your days off?


Sell your show in no more than ten words….

Perfection doesn’t exist. Comedy does. Come laugh with (at) me.

Sean Patton’s new stand up show ‘Contradickhead’ is at the Gilded Balloon Balcony at 7:45pm from 31st July – 25th August. For tickets go to

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