Interview with Phil Cornwell

"I have a family link to the Great British Music Hall where my great grandfather plied his trade as a comedian."

Interview with Phil Cornwell

Could you first introduce yourself to the reader? 

My name is Phil Cornwell - I am big actor man what done funny voices in the world. I also drive very big lorries up mountain passes.

How would you describe your show? 

The show is about Robert Lemon Alackadaddy, an alcoholic in denial, and quite happy with that, who is a fantasist. He is inhabited by several different characters, which from time to time, will spill out.

Why do you want to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe? 

Because I wrote this piece three or four years ago, and left it. And then realized that I better actually get up on stage and perform it, and what better place than Edinburgh for such an endeavour

What differentiates it from other festivals? 

There’s a real intensity about Edinburgh that can sharpen you up as a performer. 

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

I have a family link to the Great British Music Hall where my great grandfather plied his trade as a comedian. 

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

Driving a cab around the back streets of Cirencester. 

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

A starting pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. 

What is your earliest childhood art memory? 

Watching Stan and Olly. I’ve always found the comedy connection that they have very moving. There is a poetic beauty and humanity in what they do. 

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

No, I don’t – I leave it to other, better qualified people, to do that. 

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

No. I’ve always been mildly irritated. 

Describe the last year in 5 words or less? 

Joyful. Hilarious. Baby. 

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

Stan Laurel. Just because he’s a big hero of mine and it wouldn’t half look good being seen next to him. 

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? 

It’s very hard to say, ‘cos both have their plus points. 

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

Try to honour the stuff you are doing, and not worry too much about what people think. Believe in your material. 

When and where can people see your show? 

The Underbelly at 4.15 from 3rd August. 

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

I barely do twitter but am @GilbertTheAlien. 

Phil Cornwell’s new comedy show ‘Alakadaddy’ will be at the Underbelly Dairy Room at 4.15pm from 31st July – 25th August for tickets go to

Header Image Credit: Piers Allardyce


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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