CB: What is your show about?
JP: The show is about going to my great aunite’s funeral (actually her 93rd birthday but it felt like a funeral because death was definitely around), staring death in the face and realising that I had never really done much in my life (no proper job, no girlfriend, no real drive) and trying to put that right.
CB: Why did you write this show?
JP: I wrote the show because I realised that there had been a lot of change in my life and it felt like really interesting territory to explore. I also really like Edinburgh as a creative space and I enjoy the process of writing a new show. I do the weekend clubs every weekend and Edinburgh allows you the freedom to do something a bit different.
CB: What comedians and comedy writers have impacted the way you write your show structures and material?
JP: I am a big fan of a range of different styles of comedy, I love the storytelling of Mike Birbiglia, I think Dylan Moran is brilliant, I love Bill Bailey. To be totally honest I am not really sure how they have impacted upon me, I am sure they have had an influence but I think it is important to always maintain your own original voice.
CB: What is your advice for new comedians and writers who want to write their first show?#
JP: Work really hard. You will be bad at first. That is okay. Keep gigging, keep writing, take risks and you will get better. Also enjoy it. It is very easy to forget that comedy is very good fun.
Jonny Pelham will perform his new show Just Shout Louder at the Edinburgh Festival.