Best Of The Edinburgh Fest – Jimmy McGhie Is Part Of A Triple Threat

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Three sets of laughs in one show is what you can expect at 'Best Of The Edinburgh Fest', part of Adelaide Fringe.

Jimmy McGhie (UK), Danny O'Brien (IRE) and rising star Kelsey De Almeida (UK) bring the giggles to Adelaide. 

Here, Jimmy McGhie tells us what he's bringing for his set, and what he's looking forward to about the festival.

How does it feel to be part of a line-up called the 'Best Of The Edinburgh Fest’?
Well I have had the privilege of being selected for this prestigious showcase several times before. There is a phenomenal pedigree of acts who have appeared under this banner including Stephen K Amos, Arj Barker and Simon Pegg. So imagine how they must feel to hear that I am involved again.

What will you be covering as part of the show?
I shall be doling out my usual cynical worldview, general moaning and no small amount of merciless satire concerning your backward parochial little country.

You began stand-up in 2005. What got you into it, and what has made you stay in the industry?
I had a very good career at the BBC making science documentaries for the extremely respected Horizon programme. God only knows what made me throw that all away to join the low rent circus of disappointment that is stand-up comedy. It could have something to do with travelling the world and not rising before an extremely civilised 11am every day.

What are some important things you've learned over the years when it comes to mastering your craft?
Embrace the power of the pause. When you are in front of an expectant group of people, the more you take your time and don’t rush, the more at ease you seem. An audience feel nervous if they think you are nervous. Another good note would be to always repeat a heckle. If someone shouts out or interrupts, the rest of the audience don’t always hear it. It can be annoying when a comedian engages a particular audience member but you aren’t in on the joke. Although if it’s because you were checking your phone, then that is your own fault.

If you didn't make it into comedy... What would you be doing right now?
I would be Director General of the BBC.

Do you have a particularly funny or embarrassing story you'd like to share with us when it comes to being on the comedy circuit for this many years?
Yes I do.

Where is your favourite place to perform? (Don't worry, we won't be offended if you don't say Australia!)
Well actually I love performing in Australia. You expect all Brits to be condescending and exude an attitude of superiority so I don’t even have to try and hide it.

What are you looking forward to about coming to Adelaide Fringe?
I am really looking forward to spending some quality time at my beloved outdoor swimming pool. I go there almost every day, but I won’t tell you which one… You’ll have to guess if you want to catch me in my budgie smugglers! I am also looking forward to eating Hainan Chicken Rice at my favourite cafe in Chinatown. I go there almost every day, but i won’t tell you which one… You’ll have to guess if you want to watch me failing to use chopsticks properly. Also, all the fantastic shows blah blah and amazing artists etc.

'Best Of The Edinburgh Fest' plays Umbrella Revolution at The Garden of Unearthly Delights from 15 February-17 March and Studio 7 at The Garden of Unearthly Delights every Friday and Saturday from 15 February-16 March.


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