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Fringe Q&As: Spencer Brown

Spencer Brown speaks to HeraldScotland about owing money, egotistical performers and jodhpurs.

Tell us about your Fringe show

An investigation into innocence told through the medium of humour. It's funnier than it sounds.

Best thing about the Fringe?

The shows.

Worst thing about the Fringe?

The hype.

How many years have you been coming to the Fringe?

I came four times, spent eight years paying off the massive debt I incurred and this is my first time back. I missed owing money.

Favourite Fringe venue?

I always liked the Pleasance when I was playing there, but as I've decided to do Free Fringe this year I'm going to choose Free Sisters. The shows just feel far more relaxed and fun and I like that it seems to be taking the Fringe back to its taking-a-risk-on-something roots.

Best Fringe memory?

I have no memories of my previous years of the Fringe, so I guess something to do with alcohol.

Best heckle?

There are no good heckles. Only good comebacks. I am aware this sounds more profound than it is.

Craziest on stage experience?

Washing an audience member's jumper. Unfortunately, there wasn't time to dry it before the end of my bit and he had to walk home sodden. Please note: audience members in my current show will leave with all their clothing as dry and dirty as it was when they came in.

What's on your rider?

Jodhpurs and a helmet.

How do you wind down after a show?

Go back to my flat and keep my wife company so she'll stay being married to me.

What do you love about Scotland?

Leaving the house thinking there is no chance its going to rain then getting caught in a thunderstorm. Gets me every time.

What do you like about Edinburgh?

The other 11 months of the year here. When it's not infested with egotistical performers like me trying to impose themselves onto other people's consciousness, it's actually really nice.

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

I once made love to some bagpipes stuffed with offal.

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

The same jokes as everywhere else I guess. Scottish people are just people. Although I hear they love stuff about tube trains and pro-Tory.

Favourite joke?

I don't know any jokes that I haven't written. To write down one of those would seem egotistical. Come and see me say them instead.

Spencer Brown will appear at 7.45pm, 31 July-24 August (not Mondays), Maggie's Front Room, Free Sisters, 139 Cowgate. FREE.

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