Could you first introduce yourself to the reader?
Yeah, no worries! Everyone calls me Frenchy (cause my last name is French & my mates are geniuses.) I'm a lanky, ex-teacher from Australia & I make YouTube videos as well as my stand-up.
How would you describe your show?
A loose hour of rogue (rude) jokes, stories & songs.
Why do you want to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe?
Because I need to get out of Australia before they can make me take a paternity test.
What differentiates it from other festivals?
I'm not allowed to go to other festivals.
What first motivated you to enter the industry? Who were your inspirations?
Same as everyone – pussy, money, weed. I thought if I became a comedian it'd help me lose my virginity. Still hasn't happened. Almost got a h.j. last time though which was cool. (My friend punched me in the dick #stillcounts.)
If you didn't have your current job, what would you probably be doing?
Well not teaching… I used to be a teacher, but due to some of my YouTube videos they suspended my teaching license so I wouldn't be doing that
If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
Maybe playing Quidditch or training Pokemon or something. Professional Tinderer? Is that a thing?
What is your earliest childhood art memory?
Drawing a picture of a tractor on my parent's deck with some dog poo I found. I was about 15 years old. I don't have a very good memory.
Do you ever feel any pressure to be a social commentator, or constantly update material to respond to events?
Not at all to be honest. I don't know enough about current events to pull it off & I've made my name through dick jokes, tinder chats & sex skits. I think my fans would be very disenchanted if I started talking about global warming or the war in Narnia (if that's still a thing.)
Equally, do you think there has been a shift in public sentiment that has affected your work?
Due to all these 'pc' shenanigans I did get a bit of a heat last year about some of my riskier jokes, so I try to be cleverer about offending people now. I still do it as much as I can, I just try to have a valid point behind it now.
Describe the last year in 5 words or less?
You can see why I'm not a teacher.
If you could work with anybody, from any point in history, who would you pick and why?
Peter Crouch because he's a boss.
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 think ticketed shows have the all the benefits and are the only shows worth seeing. Especially if they are on at the Gilded Balloon, I would definitely go see all the shows there that start at 10:30pm or whenever that Frenchy guy is on.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to take a show up to the fringe?
Do it at a different timeslot to me, I need more ticket sales. Cheers.
When and where can people see your show?
10:30pm at Gilded Balloon Teviot – Sportsmans from Wed 2 – Sun 27 August (excl. Wed 16 August.)
And where can people find, follow and like you online?
Type in Frenchy on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook or Twitter & my crooked face will show right up. Also for the girls you can find me as 'Clive' on Tinder. #LongStory #AlwaysSwipeRight
Frenchy Unleashed is performing at The Gilded Balloon at 22:30 on 2nd – 27th (not 16th). For tickets and more information visit the Ed Fringe website.