CB: What is your show about?
TW: It seems to be about feeling like an outsider…and trying to accept things and people for how they are, including the girl I thought I’d marry a while back and the religious mum I struggle to relate to. Woman stuff I guess, plus man stuff…plus non-gender specific stuff. Pain is stitched into the inner lining rather than the front of the coat, if you know what I mean. I wear my pain just out of view wherever possible.
CB: Why did you write this show?
TW: Cos I wanted to be as personal as I could and last year’s show wasn’t personal enough. Too much cushion and not enough upholstery.
CB: What comedians and comedy writers have impacted the way you write your show structures and material?
TW: I am most excited and inspired by…Bill Hicks, Phil Kay & Simon Amstell. Amstell takes some beating for that mix of integrity and intelligence, Kay for that in the moment magic and Hicks for anger and protest. Kearns & Gadd also show you how moods and feelings can be transferred to the audience without always having to be said straight forwardly. Cardinal Burns are just bliss to watch and make me want to fuck about more. I wanted this one to feel like an album, The Stone Roses inspired me so much on that one. Their first album is like the best drugs and sex you’ve ever had at the same time.
CB: What is your advice for new comedians and writers who want to write their first show?
TW: Look at how you feel instead of trying to be cute. We’re hungry for people putting it out there. Drop all the shit you think you have to do and make your own rules.
Tom Ward will perform his new show Love Machine at the Edinburgh Festival.