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Fringe Q&As: Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan talks to HeraldScotland about past failures, borrowing his dad's car, and having a cup of tea after his shows.

Tell us about your Fringe show

My life is a bit of a mess compared to all my friends. I talk about that really and what annoys me about being alive and my past failures. It is quite an upbeat show actually!

Best thing about the Fringe?

Hanging out with your mates for a month, working every day and being part of an amazing festival.

Worst thing about the Fringe?

Hanging out with your mates for a month, having to work every day and being at a festival. I love it really.

How many years have you been coming to the Fringe?

This is my third year. Every year I vow never to do it again 'cos I'm broken going home. By October, I want to go back though.

Favourite Fringe venue?

The Wee Room at the Gilded Balloon, a lovely room with air con.

Best Fringe memory?

Last night was a really fun show and so far that is the best memory. When the show works, it's always a great feeling!

Best heckle?

My Dad heckled me once when I was telling a story about my mum. I did not put him down as every time I go home to Cork I borrow his car so I needed to keep him on side.

Craziest on stage experience?

I was chatting to a bloke and his girlfriend on stage once, the bloke was being very odd with me. There were over 400 people in the gig and turned out he was married and one of his wife's friends was sitting at the back! It all got messy and after the break he left!

What's on your rider?

A bottle of water and a text from my mother every day at 7.55pm wishing me good luck!

How do you wind down after a show?

I normally have a cup of tea and see some mates or go and watch a show. Pretty crazy behaviour if you ask me.

What do you love about Scotland?

The Scots can laugh at themselves and are always good fun people. I don't know if they're coming from trouble or going to trouble

What do you like about Edinburgh?

It's a break from London for a month and also it is a pretty cool city to walk around.

What's the most Scottish thing you've done?

I've only been here a few days but I have made a few jokes about England's performance in the World Cup! As an Irishman I'm just jealous really.

What kind of jokes do a Scottish crowd seem to respond to?

Mostly all of them if they like it. Very honest crowd here. If they like you they show it. If they don't like you, you will know about it very quickly

Favourite joke? Hmm, in my show I have one about trying to buy a house. You will have to come and see the show to experience this joke!

Andrew Ryan is performing nightly throughout the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at The Wee Room, the Gilded Balloon, at 8pm.

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