Interview with Chris Martin

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

Interview with Chris Martin

Could you first introduce yourself to the reader?

I am the only person on earth called Chris Martin.

How would you describe your show?

A feel-good hour of stand-up comedy.

Why do you want to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

It's the biggest arts festival in the world and I get to visit my mother in law who always cooks me delicious food in huge amounts

What differentiates it from other festivals?

It's just massive. You can literally watch stuff from 11am till 3am. Everywhere is a venue. I'm pretty sure you could look in a bin and there'd be a show in there.

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

The free fringe is the biggest change. It's become the widely accepted norm for established and new acts. The beautiful thing is it makes it affordable for everyone to perform there now.

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

I've always wanted to not have a real job. This constitutes that. I was also captivated by Eddie Murphy and Jack Dee when I started. Making thousands of people laugh looked like the best thing on earth.

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

Uber driver. You get to chat to people all day, and drive a Prius.

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

Stunt man. I met one the other day. He gets paid really well to fulfil my repressed male fantasies of jumping off buildings and rolling cars. Pity I'm too big a coward to ever do it.

What is your earliest childhood art memory?

I was 3 and I wrote the letter C on my bedroom wall in pencil all over it. I'd just learnt to spell and was showing off. Turns out I'd written it backwards. So, I obviously hadn't learnt to spell that well...

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

Nah. I leave that to people who are good at that. I can only talk about stuff that's happened to me because I know nothing about anything.

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

Public sentiment always changes. I try to just do what I do.

Describe the last year in 5 words or less?

Not owning a fidget spinner

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

Craig David. One of the most under-rated musicians the UK has ever produced.

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've done both. And both are great. I love free at the moment because anyone of any age can afford to come. If you're at the festival for a week and you're paying for tickets it can really add up so the more the merrier on the free fringe.

When and where can people see your show?

14:45pm. The Peartree Pub. Be aware my show does clash with Doctors on BBC1.

And where can people find, follow and like you online? or just google Chris Martin. As I said I'm the only person with this name.

Chris Martin: The One and Only Chris Martin is performing at the Peartree Pub at 14:45 until 27th August (not 19th). 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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