27 February 2013 (released)
27 February 2013
Punchline is Edinburgh’s niche and unique night of live comedy. Housed in the glorious Usher Hall and providing the limelight for the most renowned and upcoming comedians, it really is a glamorous glimpse of the famous Edinburgh Festival. The next show will be on March 8th, and will be you, the comedy fans of Britain, your chance to see the biggest stars of last year’s Fringe, but more importantly, the even BIGGER stars of next year’s fringe. As the preparation for Punchline goes on, Film News reporter Susan Ford had the privilege to speak to one of the stars of the night David Trent.
Hello David Trent, how are you?
On one hand I burnt the chickpeas, on the other hand I just ate a bowl of burnt chickpeas so 50/50.
How excited are you about playing Punchline?
I AM REALLY REALLY EXCITED. I’M GOING TO GO ON A TRAIN AND I LOVE THAT SHIT. THEN I WILL BE DOING MY COMEDY AND I LOVE THAT SHIT. THEN I WILL STAY IN A HOTEL AND I LOVE THAT SHIT. THEN I’LL GO BACK ON A TRAIN AGAIN AND I LOVE THAT SHIT. COMEDY. DOESN’T. GET. MUCH. BETTER. THAN. THIS.
Have you played gigs in Edinburgh outside of the Edinburgh Festival before, and have you seen how beautiful the Usher Hall is yet?
No and no, but now I’m full of expectation.
Edinburgh is a very different place outside of the festival; what are you expecting from your Punchline audience?
I was expecting them to be a fantastic audience like every single night of the festival, but now that you’ve said that, I’m expecting them to be really intimidating, possibly even violent. THANK. YOU. VERY. MUCH.
You were nominated as best newcomer last year at the Festival, how did that feel?
Like Adele in the moment before James Corden told her to fuck off at the Brits.
Punchline only book unique and talented acts (like yourself of course), what do you think has drawn the producer to you?
Hype and perceived popularity.
I hear your set is far from a simple stand-up routine, what can we expect from your Punchline debut?
Also on the Punchline bill are Pappy’s, Charlie Baker and John Hastings, what are your opinions on the fellow acts?
I really like all of them. Even Pappy’s.
Just to finish, can you please describe your set in 5 words?
MIND BLOWING AUDIO VISUAL ONSLAUGHT