We chat to our Festival Favourite Brett Goldstein ahead of this year’s Fringe.

Brett Goldstein, your show tackles sex, porn, love and addiction.Has your love life been a bit rocky of late?

Brett Goldstein: I now have great gratitude for the relationship that broke me. It forced me to address various things about my mental state, and how I had been approaching life and relationships. And it gave me a new Fringe show. Oi! Oi!

Internet dating and porn has radically altered dating. Is face-to-face dating the answer?

These days your experience of personal connection involves looking into a rectangle. It ignores three of your senses. It also can only increase narcissism because most of these things involve you actually talking to a mirror, looking lovingly into a screen, which also has your own face on. We’re all fucked.

Does being an actor help make you a better comic?

I think being a comic teaches you to be truthful.Audiences can smell something disingenuous. You can’t ‘act’ stand-up. Hopefully it has made my acting better in that I get huge alarm bells going off in my head if I am not being truthful in a performance. Most pretentious answer I’ve given. Excuse me while I go and hate myself in a mirror. 

Would you rather be stuck on a desert island with ten comics or ten actors?

Ten comics. No hesitation. Ten actors on an island is some kind of horrific nightmare – I’d rather have gone down with the ship.


Brett Goldstein: What Is Love Baby Don’t Hurt Me, Pleasance Courtyard, 1-26, 7pm, from £6

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