Comedy : 10 questions with comedian : Dave Chawner

Introduce yourself and what are you all about?

I’m a stand up comic, author and mental health campaigner. My favourite film is Mrs Doubtfire, my favourite word is magnanimous and my favourite body part is my right wrist.

Tell me about a time when a joke came out of nowhere?

There’s this classical song by some bloke called Tartini (which is not Italian for ‘prostitute’) and it came out of the blue. The story goes that he heard the music in his sleep, woke up and wrote his violin sonata in G minor. I sometimes dream jokes…but they’re not as fancy and high brow as Tartini’s – normally they’re about me being a fool or somethin’ childish

What tips would you give someone thinking starting up in stand up?

Enjoy it! It’s so easy to forget that stand up should be fun. You hear all these people talking about ‘mic technique’, structure, tone, gag rate, but really I think the most important thing is to enjoy it

What have you had to compromise to become a comedian?

My dignity…but I didn’t have much anyway

Tell me something about you that no one knows publicly?

I sometimes use long words just to look more intelligent

Who on the circuit can you see ending up on Live at the Apollo?
Zahra Barri. She’s a great comic, and definitely one to watch.

What’s coming up in 2018 for you?

A couple of weddings and my tax return. But also, I hope to tour my new book with my stand up show.

Which 3 comedians, dead or alive, would you would want to have a dinner party with and why?

Robin Williams – he was my God, and I reckon he’d take the pressure off having to talk. Oscar Wilde because he’d provide the booze and Robyn Perkins – because she’s good with a camera phone so could take pictures

What 3 shows do you recommended seeing at The Edinburgh Fringe this year?

The queue in The Three Sisters on a Friday night, closing time in Grassmarket on Saturday and the state of The Royal Mile on a Sunday. If you’ve got stamina you could do all 3 in one.
Show Name – Dave Chawner; Mental
Dates – 2 – 26th August
Time – 19:20
Venue – The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DD (Venue 170) Price – Pay On Donation