Interview with comedian Larry Dean

I nearly got expelled from school a couple of times. My art teacher made me take up drama and said I could let all my energy out there. 

Interview with comedian Larry Dean

Could you first introduce yourself to the reader? 

I’m Larry Dean, a Glaswegian comedian

How would you describe your show? 

It’s an hour loosely based on how I got stopped in Abu Dhabi for carrying “drugs”. The rest is all the other stuff that has happened to me in the past few years, which I guess has been eventful for everyone.

Why do you want to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe? 

I love the buzz, but mainly how I don’t need to spend every minute of my free time on public transport like I usually do when I’m touring the UK.

What differentiates it from other festivals? 

The business, the higher standard expected, the art school toffs wouldn’t last 5 minutes flyering in other cities. The need to do interviews to sell tickets as well, hi. 

What first motivated you to enter the industry? Who were your inspirations? 

My lack of other skills. Like most other Scottish comedians, I was inspired by Billy Connolly. Also, Robin Williams, Richard Pryor, Jim Carrey, and Lee Evans.

How has your background, upbringing and education had an impact on your artistic career? 

I nearly got expelled from school a couple of times. My art teacher made me take up drama and said I could let all my energy out there. 

What is your earliest childhood art memory? 

Watching the Singing Kettle asking my Mum to change the channel.

Did Covid-19 change the way you create work? Do you approach shows with a different mentality now?

I talk about why my way of creating a show has changed now in my show, so come and find out.

Describe the last year in 5 words or less? 

Worse than the last two

Do you subscribe to the idea that art should be exempt from ‘cancel culture’?

It really depends on what has been done. Freedom of speech is important, and part of that means we should be allowed to tell people to fuck off if its justified.  

If you could work with anybody, from any point in history, who would you pick and why? I’d be me 2 minutes ago answering the cancel culture question, I’m worried I said something wrong. 

What advice would you give to someone who wants to take a show up to the fringe? Practice outside the fringe first. Some people only perform at the Edinburgh Fringe and I don’t understand why they think the biggest arts festival is the best place to start.

When and where can people see your show? 

8:30 at Monkey Barrel 3 

And where can people find, follow and like you online? @larrydeancomedy on everything :)


See Larry Dean: Fudnut at the Monkey Barrel during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 4-27 August. For more information and tickets visit www.edfringe.com or www.monkeybarrelcomedy.com

Header Image Credit: Matt Crockett

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Tom Inniss

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Tom is the Editor of Voice. He is a politics graduate and holds a masters in journalism, with particular interest in youth political engagement and technology. He is also a mentor to our Voice Contributors, and champions our festivals programme, including the reporter team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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