Interview with comedian Casey Balsham

"I was always told I was funny but had no idea it could be a career. The idea of making a living off of jokes was very intriguing to me."

Interview with comedian Casey Balsham

Hello!

Could you first introduce yourself to the reader?

Hello reader, I'm Casey Balsham, a New York City-based comedian. 

How would you describe your show?

My show takes something that's a bit of a bummer - infertility - and makes it funny. 

Why do you want to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

It has been on my list of things I want to accomplish for a while, and I finally had a show to do it with!

What differentiates it from other festivals?

It’s in Scotland.

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

I was always told I was funny but had no idea it could be a career. The idea of making a living off of jokes was very intriguing to me.

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

I mean, without any of that, I would have nothing to write about!

What is your earliest childhood art memory?

My grandma's house and the smell of leather and cigarettes. 

If you didn’t have your current job, what would you probably be doing?

I would love to work in theatre casting, so if I wasn't a comic, I would try that. 

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

YES! I don't care as much about doing well as I did pre-covid. I lived and died with each set, and now I realise it just doesn't matter that much, and it's supposed to be fun. And if it isn't fun, then it's time to move on. 

Describe the last year in 5 words or less?

Joking about not being pregnant. 

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

I think people need to chill out a bit. Jokes are jokes. People now feel the need to fact-check jokes because they don't realise that sometimes jokes are just made up, and we use words and phrases that make thoughts funnier and not necessarily because it's a true historical statement. Those people are sad, really.  

If you could work with anybody, from any point in history, who would you pick and why?

Joan Rivers seemed like a hoot. 

What advice would you give to someone who wants to take a show up to the fringe?

Ha! I've already been screwed over a few times, and the shows haven't even started. So ask me at the end.

When and where can people see your show?

Inconceivable will be at 5:05 pm at Just The Tonic at The Mash House.

And where can people find, follow and like you online?

@casefaceb on Instagram


Inconceivable will be at 5:05 pm at Just The Tonic at The Mash House. For tickets and more information, visit https://www.edfringe.com

Header Image Credit: Marissa Burgess

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Saskia is the Assistant Editor of Voice and has worked on campaigns such as International Women’s Day, Black History Month, and Anti-Bullying Week. Outside of Voice, Saskia is a published author (Hairvolution) and has guest featured in various other publications (The Women Writers’ Handbook/ Cosmopolitan). She has a BA in Creative Writing and Journalism and an MA in Publishing. She is a mentor for Women of the World Global, has guest lectured at the University of Roehampton and has led seminars on Race, Equality and Diversity. She is 26-years-old, based in London, and loves to cook and explore new places in her spare time.

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