Wed 9 January 2013

Andrew Doyle’s critically-acclaimed new show WHATEVER IT TAKES enjoyed a total sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012, and featured in GQ Magazine’s top ten picks of the fringe. Ahead of his run at the Soho, we caught up with him to chat about his best and worst gigs, and why sex outside is rarely encouraged by the powers that be.

Describe your show in 25 words or less

That’s quite hard to do – oh, wait that’s five words already… and now that’s eleven, now fifteen, damn it, how many left? Just three? Shit.

What are the best and worst gigs you’ve had?

The worst would have to be a corporate gig I did in Nottingham for a security company. I offended a burly bloke on the front row by suggesting that his tattoo of a human skull looked like it had been drawn by an infant with a grudge. He threatened to kill me and then threw a half-eaten ham sandwich at my face. I’m a vegetarian, so this was actually worse than the death threat.

The best gig would probably be last week in Manchester. The audience loved me. They applauded until they had bleeding palms. They carried me from the stage in a sedan chair and offered me their firstborn children.

This current show had a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe. What have you learnt from performing at the world’s biggest arts festival?

I’ve learnt that in fringe venues basic fire regulations are considered optional. And if you’re gigging in Leith, it’s a good idea to be armed. I’ve also learnt that sex in public places is frowned upon by the police.

Do you have any role models?

I’m inspired by Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Florence Nightingale, and Mr Sheen. Before he got the botox, obviously.

Oh, and Fearne Cotton often inspires me to turn off my television. This helps me to get more work done.

What has been your favourite experience so far in 2013?

I caught a bus on Tottenham Court Road and found a Boots reward card on the seat. It had enough points for a free sandwich, so that was really nice.

ANDREW DOYLE: WHATEVER IT TAKES is at Soho Upstairs Tuesday 15 & Wednesday 16 January.

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