COMEDY
31/07/2012 09:01 BST

Edinburgh Festival Comedy: 10 Questions With Carl Donnelly

Don't know an awful lot about multi-award-winning comedian Carl Donnelly? Don't panic! He'll be treating us to his life story at this year's Edinburgh Festival in his new show Different Gravy...

Pitch your Edinburgh show in 25 words or less.

A man you probably don't know (me) reads and discusses choice excerpts from his unpublished home-made autobiography.

Your best Edinburgh moment?

Professionally, it was receiving a Best Newcomer Award nomination for my debut show in 2009. Personally, it was probably the last night of last year's Fringe when I ended my show with a novelty dance-off. I'd mentioned it to a few mates beforehand, as I wanted a couple of people to join me in case nobody from the audience had the guts. To my surprise, a whole posse of comedians stormed the stage. We had a proper mass dance-off.

And your worst?

The first that springs to mind was the time in 2009 when John Robins burst into my room drunk at 3am and sprayed a powder fire extinguisher over me and my belongings. He did the same to everyone else, including Chris Martin - who wasn't alone in his room, if you know what I mean...

You've got one hour free in Edinburgh - what do you do?

I'd hit the Bruntsfield Links pitch and putt golf course. It's a bit of a tradition that a few of us buy a cheap pitching wedge, putter and balls on the first day of the Fringe. We play throughout the festival then give our clubs to a charity shop.

Which Edinburgh landmark/venue/place would you give a five star review to?

Snax Café. It's quite simply an Edinburgh institution. There are actually two of them and they're proper greasy spoon joints that are cheap and quick, which is always good during an otherwise expensive festival.

Give us a secret Edinburgh tip!

There's a cheesy-but-nice pub called Pivo on Calton Road that's a world away from your average festival hangout. It's a Czech bar, so has a good selection of dodgy beers. You can sit down and have a beer surrounded by Eastern Europeans enjoying a post-work pint.

Deep-fried haggis or deep-fried Mars bar?

Haggis wins any day of the week. One of Snax Café's best options is a haggis and bacon roll that costs less than £2. I'm not against the deep-fried Mars bar, but I just prefer savoury food.

Kilt or trousers?

Trousers, please. I think men's legs are the most depressing-looking things on the planet (mine in particular). A man should wear trousers at all times unless he's in bed or swimming.

Arthur's Seat or Arthur Smith?

Both are legends, so it's a tough call. Ideally, I'd like to go up Arthur's Seat with Arthur Smith. He'd be good company on the walk.

Complete this sentence: “In Edinburgh, I will be mainly...

...doing my show, walking around town, playing pitch and putt or drinking. Feel free to join me for any of these activities."

Carl Donnelly’s show Different Gravy is at 20:30 at Pleasant Courtyard, 1-26 August (not 13). Find out more and book tickets here.