CB: What is your show about?
GM: My show’s about solving the case of a missing person. I tried to solve it when I was 15 though, so I did it really badly. It’s also about failure, romance and TGI Fridays.
CB: Why did you write this show?
GM: Writing about a missing person, and trying to work out their disappearance is quite a specific concept, and the more into it I got, the more I started to think that there’s probably nobody else doing a show about that this year (and most likely for good reason), so the aim became to write the most distinctive thing I could. If there’s a ton of stand-up shows about detective mysteries at the Fringe this year, I will be, at the very least, moderately peeved.
CB: What comedians and comedy writers have impacted the way you write your show structures and material?
GM: The writers behind Review With Forrest MacNeil have been the most influential towards the way I try to write. The structure completely made that show: if it was drawn on a piece of paper, then the central point on the page is the idea of a man reviewing, and ranking life experiences. From there, the storylines and reviews spiral out around the page and around the idea, mostly moving out to the corners, but occasionally loop back in, for the most amazing callbacks. Those ideas never stop looping back into the centre, so you end up with callbacks upon callbacks, and by the end, you are now completely in the world of the show. In my head, and this is both pretentious and childish, it’s like a spirograph. Now I sort of draw my structures of my shows like an orbit instead of writing them.
CB: What is your advice for new comedians and writers who want to write their first show?
GM: Find a simpler way of structuring your show than relying on geometric patterns. Like, please, it’s not worth it. Other than that, don’t feel an obligation to your material. By the time you come around to doing your first hour, you’ll have been building up your material around the first jokes you ever wrote. If they don’t go down as well as they used to, just drop them. If you’ve written an hour, then it means you’re a better writer now than you were then, so it won’t matter.
Glenn Moore will perform his new show The Very Best of Belinda Carlisle at the Edinburgh Festival.