We chat to Award Winner Jo Caulfield ahead of their performance at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Tell us about your show
Killing Time is about my favourite subject — ME, Jo Caulfield.
It’s an hour long show where I’ll be talking about relationships (how they change over time, and overhearing my Scottish husband giving his nephew advice for how to deal with women!); my personal life (everything that’s annoyed me in the last 12 months); and double standards in the media (promiscuous men v promiscuous women). I also saw my first porn film this year, which was SO ludicrous and unrealistic I’ve written my own *real life* version which I’ll be reading out. Basically, it’s a celebration of anger.
I’m a stand-up comedian. I don’t go for themes. There’s no bells or whistles. It’s just me and a microphone. And, to be honest, if there wasn’t an audience I would still be talking!
What has been your weirdest Fringe moment?
It was bittersweet experience. It was my first year at the Fringe and I was excited seeing all of my posters outside the Pleasance Dome. Three days into the Fringe I was walking by my venue just after midnight, and I saw a man looking at my poster. Or at least I thought that was what he was doing. As I got closer I realised he was drunk and he was urinating on my face.
What would be your number one tip for newcomers?
Don’t read reviews. The audience response tells you everything you need to know. And don’t read anyone else’s reviews. Don’t get into the trap of being jealous of someone else’s good review or secretly happy about someone else’s bad review. You are NOT in competition with anyone. No-one is forcing you to do this. No-one is holding a gun to your head. Relax and remember how incredibly lucky you are to be doing something you actually want to do.
Oh – and don’t believe anyone’s publicity. If they were really that ‘amazing’, they wouldn’t be playing in a half-empty 20 seat room at 2.15pm in the afternoon. And — deals are NEVER made in the Loft Bar at midnight. ‘Networking’ is for bankers and insurance salesmen.
What’s the best and worst thing about the festival?
BEST — Where do I start?
Edinburgh is an amazing city to spend time in. There’s so many great bars on Leith Walk. The diverse mixture of shows. Bumping into comedians I haven’t seen for several years. Discovering new comics. Being given the opportunity to perform longer pieces. Not looking out-of-place wearing flip-flops and a raincoat, whilst carrying a tube of suntan lotion and an umbrella, because Edinburgh in August is hot, then it’s cold. It’s wet, then it’s dry. It’s like the whole city is going through the menopause.
WORST — The ticket prices are fucking scandalous. I’m surprised so many comedians don’t take control over the price of their shows. It’s only an hour. It’s not a whole evening. Why not try and give the audience value for their money?