Strap. The heck. In! No more Mr Nice Person! Alun Cochrane intends to drop truth bombs and articulate thoughtcrimes about vegetables, gender, religion and washing machines. Alun Cochrane has been doing solo shows at the Fringe since 2004. He’s performed droll, anecdotal, observational comedy on TV panel games and stand-up shows and he’s part of the award-winning Frank Skinner show on Absolute Radio. He’s back again this August with Brave New Alun and spoke with The Fountain about the show, as well as his floatation experience.

TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?

I’m getting excited. Are you excited?

TF: The show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?

Brave New Alun is a standup show about me increasingly despairing of the nonsense everyone seems to be talking. I’m getting bolder in speaking up for the reasonable centrist Dad demographic.

TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?

My influences have been a session in a float tank where I realised I’m not as zen as I thought I was. And various conversations where I’ve realised what I consider common-sense views are deemed out of step with the current tide of opinion.

TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?

My plans for the fringe are to tell my jokes as well as I can, eat nice lunches and ride my folding bike around. I’m keen to see loads of stuff- I’m always keen to see stuff before the fringe though. I usually see more physical theatre and circus than standup. This year I’d like to attend some intellectual talks.

TF: And what are your future plans beyond the fringe?

I expect I’ll eventually quit standup to write really bleak dystopian novels. Probably totally unpublishable.

Alun Cochrane’s new stand up show Brave New Alun will be at the Pleasance Courtyard Cabaret Bar at 21.20 from 31st July – 25th August. For tickets, go to www.edfringe.com