Having first arrived at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008 via Avalon’s Comedy Zone new talent show, stand-up, TV presenter and Radio 1 DJ Tom Deacon returns to this year’s festival with ‘Deconator’, during which he promises to talk “gap ‘yahs’ and stag dos, helping his mate rob a bank and potentially causing Greece’s economic crash”. And if that’s not got you curious, then his answers to the ThreeWeeks Quick Quiz should…
TW: Tell us about your 2012 show in no more than 60 words.
TD: My show this year has been the most complicated to put together, like those black belt origami creations. Essentially my third show is about my journey to feel complete by completing a sticker album. Though, of course, I’ll talk about all those hilarious moments that happened along the way too.
TW: Tell us about another show or performer you’re looking forward to seeing this year.
TD: As I do every year, I look forward to going to see a show via a drunken late night conversation where someone tells me “You must see this show! I can’t believe you haven’t already”. There is an air of pompousness when they say this, but I’m willing to let that slide for the sake of a good show to see. Also, I always – without fail – go and see ‘The Comedy Zone’ (at Pleasance Courtyard). Once you’ve been in it you have to go back to support the new crop. This year is a great line-up, something for everyone as they say (though I don’t, because that sounds pompous too).
TW: How will you be preparing for the Fringe this year?
TD: This year I’m on a strict healthy eating mission. I CANNOT GET ILL like I did last year. Please don’t come to my show if you’re contagious. Last year I had to have mini breaks during the show to clear all the green liquid in my nose. It was horrible for everyone.
TW: What advice would you have for someone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
TD: I like to play the game ‘Find A Local’. It sounds simple but is, in fact, very difficult. I lost two days playing it last year (sure I missed two of my shows in the process, but I got my body double to do the show for me – a long distance runner, our physiques are the same, though, ironically, I have no stamina like she has). Failing that, I’d take every flyer that tickles you when you read the title, and go and see that show.
TW: If your show was an Olympic sport, what would it be and why?
TD: It’s like the 100 metre final: before you know it, it’s all over and you’ll wish you’d recorded it. (Obviously don’t come in and record my show, or I’ll get an usher to find you and ask you to leave, like they do in the cinema – you’ve been warned).
Tom Deacon performed ‘Deaconator’ at Pleasance Dome at Fringe 2012.