Edinburgh Fringe Q&A: Josh Jones

After the success of his critically acclaimed debut Waste of Space, and a nomination for Best Newcomer, Josh Jones shares how last year's Edinburgh experience influenced his preparation for this new show

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Josh Jones
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Published 27 Jul 2023

Your first show Waste of Space was critically acclaimed, and you were nominated for Best Newcomer. 
Has last year’s Edinburgh experience helped you prepare Gobsmacked, or are you in ‘difficult second album’ territory? 

Yeah because I had so much longer to work on the last show it has been proper stressful trying to get this show ready and I was worried that I would just turn up with absolute garbage but I am actually really happy with the show now and I definitely prefer it to last year's show. 

Turning 30 is a significant milestone. How has this age impacted you personally? 

I turned 30 at the end of last year and shortly after that I met a sexy guy who treats me like a princess! So honestly my 30s so far has mainly consisted of me being swept off my feet by a 6 foot 2 bearded man who works in the building trade and I’ve bloody loved it. 10 out of 10 – would recommend! 

Geese seem to be a big issue for you. Can you tell us why you have such a honking great problem with them? 

Well I talk about an encounter with a goose in my show so I don’t want to go into it too much because of spoilers but yeah geese are proper evil little dickheads.

Do you still go canoeing or boxing?

I did used to do canoeing and boxing when I was younger but I don’t do them anymore because I don’t live near a canal to go canoeing and I’m too pretty to box. 

How has your mum's psychic affected your life?

My mum sees a psychic and she told her that "your son goes up to Scotland to work for the summer."

Mum explained that I was a comedian and I was going to the Fringe, and the woman said: "Tell him not to worry he'll be fine". She told my mum that in January and I didn't write another joke until April. 

What Fringe shows are you looking forward to seeing?

It’s not a Fringe show but I bloody love the Edinburgh Dungeons! I cannot get enough – I go every year, the actors are proper good, I love it. So I’ll probably go to that a couple of times. I went three times last summer. Oh and Lindsey Santoro – she's proper funny. She's at the Pleasance Courtyard all month. 

Where can people follow you on social media? 

Instagram: joshyjones92