CB: What is your show about?
AH: It’s about stuff that has happened to me over the last 6 months and whether or not I think my Catholic upbringing has affected the way I’ve dealt with it. I weave observational stuff in with anecdotal stuff and try to make it as dense as possible and get as many laughs per sentence as possible. There’s a great joke about chairs in it too.
CB: Why did you want to write this show?
AH: I have nothing to do in my dumb life other than write jokes and funny stories so I knew I was going to write something. I guess I decided to write this show in this way because I had a bunch of funny ideas and funny things that have happened to me but instead of simply talking about them I wanted to talk about why they happened to me and why I had these ideas, just to give my show an added level of depth to last year’s show which was a lot more one dimensional.
CB: What comedians and comedy writers have impacted on the way you develop your show structures and material?
AH: My shows are structured so abysmally that if I name anyone who has influenced my show structures they will sue me. But the biggest influences of my material have been Demetri martin, Mitch Hedberg and Stewart Lee.
CB: What is your advice for new comedians and writers who want to write their first show?
AH: I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing and any reason that my debut show went well is probably down to reasons that I don’t understand on a conscious level. BUT the 2 main rules I use when writing shows is:
1) get rid of any sentence which either isn’t funny or any sentence that isn’t giving the audience information which will make them laugh more at some later point in the show
2) A joke that is getting a 9/10 laugh from an audience that is about a topic that you’ve heard other comedians touch upon before is worse than a joke that is getting an 8/10 laugh about a topic that you’ve never heard any comedian discuss before.
Adam Hess will perform his new show Feathers at the Edinburgh Festival. Tickets