Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Sean Patton

Yesterday as part of our Edinburgh Previews series we ran a very honest interview with Katy Brand (see her answer to question nine). Just to underline that not all comedians are the same here is a very different interview with US stand-up Sean Patton. Or maybe he actually does earn as much as he says below. In which case he can buy me a drink in Edinburgh in August. Patton comes from New Orleans and the New York Times said of him: ‘I've seen him perform more than a dozen sets, and he's killed every time. He's dynamite, even with ordinary material, turning standard Brooklyn-hipster jokes into a stomping, roaring tour de force, and elevating a bit about sex-performance anxiety into high-stakes comedy.’ Definitely sounds worth a look if he's only half that good. His Fringe show Number One is Patton's story of heartbreak, natural disasters, and celebrating the one thing that unites us all: human flaw.

Sean Patton: Number One is at the Pleasance Courtyard from August 2 - 27. Tickets here.



1. 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)?

Repeatedly slam my head into the nearest wall until the negative thoughts go to sleep. 



2. What irritates you?

Brown rice. I know it's so much healthier and I try to like it, but it really pisses me off. 


3. What is the most dangerous thing you have ever done?



4. What is the most stupid thing you have ever done?

Cocaine with my Mother. 


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

How it's never gotten easier, but I have gotten better at it. 


Interview continues here.

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