CB: What is your show about?
PW: My show is about race, gender and sexuality, specifically with how it relates to myself as a straight white male. But not in like a men’s rights way or anything. This isn’t me whining about how hard men have it or anything. It all stems from an abusive relationship I had previously that really taught me a lot. It really helped me look at and appreciate what other people go through, and led me down this path of investigating these social topics. I know that doesn’t sound funny, but it really is.
CB: Why did you write this show?
PW: Honestly it was to deal with these thoughts and feelings that I’ve never really had an outlet to speak about. A lot of the stories aren’t really suitable for a club, but it’s stuff I’m thinking about, so I’m excited to finally be able to share it with people. It’s very personal and it means a lot, and I’m excited to see how people respond to it.
CB: What comedians and comedy writers have impacted the way you develop your show structures and materials?
PW: When I first started I watched as much stand up as I could, trying to figure it out. At the time I focused mainly on North American acts because I didn’t have much exposure to the British comedy scene. So I watched guys like Bill Burr, and Louis CK, and those were the guys that really spoke to me. The guys who can take an idea, and speak on it for a while. It’s not just a joke, it’s an opinion, and not an easy one. To me that is still the most impressive thing, when you can take a topic that people don’t want to laugh at it, and come at it from every angle and show people why it’s funny. That’s the goal, and that’s what I’m trying to do when I sit down to write.
CB: What is your advice for new comedians and writers who want to write their first show?
PW: Write and perform as much as possible. It really is the only way to round the edges off what you do, is to keep creating and keep performing. There’s no real way around it, it’s all about putting in the work. That’s the advice I got, and the only advice I give. Everyone has a different process, but the only people I’ve seen do it and do it well are the people who work.
Peter White will perform his new show Straight White Male at the Edinburgh Festival. Tickets