Edinburgh Fringe Comedy: 10 Questions With Luke Benson

'My Show Is A Light-Hearted Look At Stalking'

Geordie giant Luke Benson was named one of the 'Top 10 Comics to Look Out For' in 2011 by London Is Funny. In 2012, he's bound to be even funnier - so check out his Edinburgh Fringe show Backseat Hero. But not before you've read his Edinburgh Q&A, of course...

Pitch your Edinburgh show in 25 words or less.

A light-hearted look at stalking. A David and Goliath encounter - only Goliath isn’t much bigger, and David is a loon. There will be jokes.

Your best Edinburgh moment?

I did the Charlie Harthill Reserve benefit gig last year, which doesn't just help fund shows like the one I was in (The Comedy Reserve) but was also a superb lineup in a really great room. It felt like an acknowledgement, and was an absolute pleasure.

And your worst?

In my first year, I shared an hour with a mate. We were playing to eight people, one of which was me ma (mother) - who upon being bantered with by the other bloke, set about heckling with WMD levels of force. Tough gig. There are a lot of heckle putdowns you can't really use on a blood relative. "I don't come to where you work and slap the (blank) out your mouth..." etc.

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

I'll go for a swim or something. To counter the destruction, I try to deceive my body into feeling healthy.

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

I think the spire over on Princes Street because it's so imposing and you can climb it. Plus, it looks like Sauron's tower.

Give us a secret Edinburgh tip!

If in doubt, ask for ID.

Deep-fried haggis or deep-fried Mars bar?


Kilt or trousers?


Arthur's Seat or Arthur Smith?

Arthur Smith on Arthur's Seat.

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

...doing comedy or in the company of comics, making merry, and occasionally swimming. ”

Luke Benson’s show Backseat Hero is at 20.45 at the Pleasance Courtyard, 1-26 August (not 13). Find out more and book tickets here.


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