Interview with Darren Harriott

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

Interview with Darren Harriott

Could you first introduce yourself to the reader?

My names Darren Harriott. I'm 28 years old and I'm from Birmingham originally but now based in London (brum is better)

How would you describe your show?

It's me talking a little bit about my life and my dad and then rambling about everything that's happened in the country the last few months, it's been crazy man.

Why do you want to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

As a British comedian, it's something you gotta do at least once.. experience it, take it all in, and leave a star!...right?

What differentiates it from other festivals?

Comedy is very much at the forefront, compared to other festivals this really is for us, you get a feel that people here love comedy.

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

The cost of accommodation has risen to an insane amount – it's like London prices now.

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

Needy-ness I guess. A desire to be loved by strangers even though I will reject it at first! I always loved American style of comedy: real, honest, meat-and-potatoes type comedy.

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

Still working in security. I did it for eight years, my security badge is still in date so if all else fails on goes my hi-vis.

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

Lawyer for rappers, just because the things you could say in court "when my client said he has hoes in different area codes he was referring to the gardening variety".

What is your earliest childhood art memory?

Erm… probably burning my leg on my nan's old bar heater when I was about seven, I still have the scars now.

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

Yes... but I enjoy it more and more. I'm starting to think that's my strength as a comedian commentating on what's happening.

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

This country is very much divided, politically especially. I do my best to mock both sides equally, and if I'm not talking politics I try to talk more from my point of view. I always put myself in situations for the sake of the joke.

Describe the last year in 5 words or less?

Donald Drumpf wins presidential election.

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

Steve Jobs as I'm sure he was overrated.

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?

Free fringe doesn't cost as much to do a show so very low financial loss. Paid show you feel like a star baby!!!!....right?

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

Don't! Save your money go on holiday treat your girl to that steak place you bang on about.

When and where can people see your show?

Pleasance Attic 21:30pm everyday...come! Trying to give my show a club feel we will partyyyyy!

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

Twitter @darrenharriott - Youtube me if you wanna see clips!

Darren Harriott: Defiant is performing at Pleasance Courtyard at 21:30 on 2nd – 27th (not 16th). 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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