Interview with David Correos

David Correos takes some time to talk to Voice about the show, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Interview with David Correos

Could you first introduce yourself to the reader?

My name is David Correos, I am a comedian from New Zealand.

I am doing a show called Chaos and Order with Matt Stellingwerf.

How would you describe your show?

One half of the show is like catching up with your best mate and the other half is like bumping into that weird school friend that used to eat bugs

Why do you want to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

Cause it's the biggest fringe festival in the world! Also, because I want to try deep fried pizza

What differentiates it from other festivals?

I've only performed in New Zealand and its tiny over there. Doing this many shows is so exciting.

Do you think the Fringe has changed over the years? If so, how? Are these changes positive or negative?

This is my first fringe festival

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

I was a debt collector and realised that wasn't the job for me. So, I thought comedian would be a good alternative.

The New Zealand comedy scene is very supportive and helped me out heaps at the start

The first proper comedy show I watched was Sam Simmons. He inspired me quite a bit. I also love Bobby Lee, Dave Chappelle and Patrice O'Neal

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

Probably ringing poor people to make them poorer

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?

A pyro-technician or a guy that puts hot dog buns on those bun warmers, working in a hot dog truck.

What is your earliest childhood art memory?

Doing a school play when I was six and making the whole set and stage fall to pieces.

Do you ever feel any pressure to be a social commentator, or constantly update material to respond to events?

Sometimes I do but then I remember that I'm a silly boy that tapes knives to his head for laughs and that no one will ever take that person seriously

Equally, do you think there has been a shift in public sentiment that has affected your work?

Nah, I don't bother with rape jokes or putting down the LGBT community so my jokes don't really irk anyone the wrong way.

My stuff can be disgusting though. I've had people walk out of my shows 'cause I did some rank shit on stage for a laugh.

Describe the last year in 5 words or less?

Didn't work hard enough ae. (sic)

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

Probably hang out with the person who first discovered and drunk cow's milk. See what his life was like. Heaps of teats around.

Either that or work with a butcher when pork belly was still really cheap. That would be good.

Why would a performer opt to do either a ticketed event or participate in the free fringe? What are the benefits and limitations of both?

I'm not sure. Don't have enough experience

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

You got enough in your savings account?

When and where can people see your show?

  • Gilded balloon
  • Wee room
  • 7pm

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

David Correos and Matt Stellingwerf: Chaos and Order is performing at The Gilded Balloon at 19:00 on 2nd – 28th (not 14th). For tickets and more information visit the Ed Fringe website.


Tom Inniss

Tom Inniss Voice Team

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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