Edinburgh Fringe Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Jon Courtenay

Edinburgh Fringe Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Jon Courtenay

Entertainer Jon Courtenay was the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2020 and made history as the first ever Golden Buzzer contestant to go on to win.

In his new show ‘Against the Odds’, Courtenay combines music and laughter with the true story of his television triumph - and of his behind the scenes battle to survive a life threatening medical emergency.

Already a seasoned performer before entering the television talent show Courtenay gives an unparalled behind the scenes look at the process. His true life story shares insight into the experience, the judges and the reaction from family and friends when he suddenly gained a new kind of fame.

Expect comedy, music and drama in a funny and refreshingly honest look at showbusiness, life and health.   

Jon Courtenay Against the Odds, Gilded Balloon - The Museum, August 3 - 14, 6.30pm. Tickets and info here.


What is the last thing you do before you go onstage (apart from check your flies and/or check your knickers aren't sticking out of your skirt and check for spinach between your teeth)

I sneak my phone around the edge of the wings and secretly take a photo of the audience, then zoom in on people I either want to involve in the show or ones to avoid. I regularly catch people sleeping.


What irritates you? 

People sleeping in the front row of my audience 


What is the most dangerous thing you have ever done?

Told my wife that a new pair of boots she bought made her legs look fat. (They did, and when the swelling went down on my eye she agreed and thanked me for my honesty).


What is the most stupid thing you have ever done? 

See previous answer.


What has surprised you the most during your career in comedy?

In all of my shows prior to Edinburgh, there was a lot of scope for ad libs (the new show is more structured and all rhymes so not as easy) and I would regularly be surprised at the responses to lines that I would throw out there. A great, inspired line would often elicit a titter and then a throwaway gag about someone’s hair would bring the house down. You never know which way it’s going to go when you’re firing on all cylinders. 


interview continues here.


Jon Courtenay picture: Andy Hollingworth


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