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Fringe Q&As: John Hastings

John Hastings joins HeraldScotland to talk about soup, being heckled and David Cameron's Internal Policies.

Tell us about your Fringe show.

It is the story of me coming to UK, hating the UK, staying in the UK

Best thing about the Fringe?

All of my friends in one place and the ability to sleep till noon with the excuse of work.

Worst thing about the Fringe?

The sad faced comedians when a show is just not working on a given day. It breaks my confetti filled comedy heart.

How many years have you been coming to the Fringe?

3rd year in a row! Take that other people…

Favourite Fringe venue?

That soup place by mums, I saw a guy eat soup like it was a shot. I have never been so wowed.

Best Fringe memory?

The first year I was flyering in the rain for my little show and in one moment a group of Canadian tourists took my flyers and came to the show. Gave me pride that my country actually supported its own.

Best heckle?

"I disagree with the people laughing" said an 11 year old early this week.

Craziest on stage experience?

At Late'n'Live last year somehow the crowd began chanting the c-word at the heckler who interrupted my set and then I controlled the chant throughout my set.

What's on your rider?

An energy drink, a lot of water and someone reminding me that it's not diarrhea, it's nerves.

How do you wind down after a show?

Pretend I am going to sleep, go find people to speak with, wait for the crash, the crash happens, rush home to sleep and then stare at the ceiling for a long time.

What do you love about Scotland?

The people, the outdoor staircases and the honesty.

What do you like about Edinburgh?

The sly smile of all the locals counting the money we are leaving while they drink us under the table.

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

I tell people how I feel quietly with renowned confidence. So that.

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

Funny ones. No group of humans find a lackluster joke more offensive than the Scots.

Favourite joke?

DAVID CAMERON'S INTERNAL POLICY lol (Get it? I am topical and accurate)

See John Hastings - Adventure at the Pleasance: Cellar during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe until 24th August. For tickets visit The Pleasance website.

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