Joe Jacobs is back at the Fringe like he left his car keys. Why? To swiftly shank away your negative thoughts. Mixing sardonic stand-up with live rap, reach a zen mood guaranteed to offend prudes. With his show Grimefulness, Joe brings both his music and comedy to the Fringe this August. He spoke with The Fountain about the show and what he’s looking forward to at Fringe.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
It’s very exciting. Haggis, humour and creeping desperation. Yes please!
TF: Grimefulness certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Like stand up comedy peppered with a few short rap songs? Great, come along. Not into that? Come along anyway, I could use the numbers.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I make music and perform stand up comedy so an hour allows me to showcase both of these without sacrificing the quality of either. My influences are having fun, freaking out and documenting both. A lot of rappers have helped me work out the new material in this one too. Rick Ross has been especially generous with his time on this particular project.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
My plans are to try and deliver a great gig in the day and then stay out of trouble in the evening. I’m hoping to play plenty of Nintendo Switch this month. I would suggest all first-time performers attend my show at least twice because it’s important to support your peers.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
Fello comedian Nigel Ng has told me that he likes to unwind during Fringe by watching Circus Performers. These guys deliver world class stunts and risk actual death, unlike pansy comics like us. So I’m planning on watching Circus freaks with Nigel Ng.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Edinburgh?
I’m working on the Grimefulness album, hopefully out by the end of the year. I will also be selling a limited edition EP only available at this years show too. On tape. Then I’m running away to the Circus.
Joe Jacobs new comedy show Grimefulness is at the Just The Tonic Up The Road for the month of August at 4pm daily. For tickets go to www.edfringe.com