Winner of Amused Moose National New Comic and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year makes his Fringe debut after performing as part of the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve in 2018. Jack Gleadow is one of the most exciting new stand-ups on the comedy circuit and has been seen performing at Latitude providing tour support for Lloyd Griffith. He is Edinburgh next month for the Fringe with his show, Mr Saturday Night, and he spoke with The Fountain about the premise of the gig.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Yes, it’s very exciting! I’m really looking forward to bringing my show up. It’s going to be a stressful and tiring month but ultimately, I can’t wait to come to Edinburgh and make people laugh. This is my first solo show – although I appeared at The Pleasance Reserve in 2018 .
TF: Mr Saturday Night certainly sounds entertaining, what’s the premise?
The show is about what it takes to be an entertainer and my journey so far in this business we call show. Looking at the highs, the lows and the Macarena. I talk about working in retail, Bruce Forsyth and being banned from The Magic Circle when I was 14, (I wasn’t working in retail when I was 14, they don’t have child labour in Hull anymore). I think it has something for everyone I want it to be a fun and enjoyable hour where people can just forget all their troubles and watch a silly northern man tit about for a bit. There will be something for everyone – some music/some dance/some magic and lots of jokes.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I wanted my debut to explain who I am as a comedian because my comedy is quite different to a lot of others my age, although a lot of my idols are modern comedians I also take a lot of influence from the old school comedians, people like Bruce Forsyth and Eric Morecambe. I’ve always wanted to be an entertainer and the main aim of the show is to entertain, hoping people leave with a smile on their face having enjoyed something a little bit different.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
I’ve been going to Edinburgh for seven years now, my tips would be don’t stay up too late, don’t drink too much, get plenty of sleep and see as many shows as you can.
Although I have personally never took this advice myself. I’m always too tired, too drunk and don’t see as much shows as I’d like to, but its still always the best month of the year.
Make sure you have some strong walking shoes. My regular food haunt is the KFC, I’d also recommend taking a day off and doing something that isn’t part of the fringe – maybe take a train to Glasgow or visit to Portobello Beach.
Jack Gleadow’s debut stand up show Mr Saturday Night will be at the Pleasance Courtyard, Below, at 17:45 from 31st July – 25th August. For tickets, go to www.edfringe.com