Ten Big Questions… Dave Hill

Dave Hill Dave Hill
Posted: Thu Aug 5 2010

Cult New York comic Dave Hill answers our Ten Big Questions.

Your show, no more than thirty words, go!
I'm doing two shows at Edinburgh - 'Big in Japan' and 'The Dave Hill Explosion'. They are both really incredible. However, only one incorporates a fog machine. I won't say which.

What's your favourite Edinburgh related story?
A friend told me a story about a roving gang of drunken mimes beating the crap out of a bunch of people who taunted them late one night after the bars closed. I'm hoping that really happened. I imagine if you get your ass kicked by a mime you have no choice but to remain relatively quiet about the whole thing.

Who or what makes you laugh?
I always get a kick out of it when dogs have those big lampshade things on their heads to keep them from licking themselves after having some sort of medical procedure.I don't care what anyone says, that is funny every time. I also love Chris Elliott.

What's the best/worst thing about being a comedian?
It has made a mess of my home life, which is strange since I live alone. Also, I enjoy how doing comedy somehow manages to both bolster and destroy my sense of self worth all at once.

What gets you in the mood to be funny?
I start by adding the phrase 'In my pants' to the end of every headline in the New York Times each morning. For example, from today's paper you get 'Larry King to end show in the fall… in my pants.' It works pretty much every time. And then, I hate to keep bringing up that dog with the lampshade thing on his head but…

What's your favourite children's joke?
What's the difference between (insert name of least favourite school teacher here) and a 747?Not everyone has been inside a 747.

What's the most memorable heckle you've ever received?
I was hit in the head with a quarter twice during one set. I guess that's not technically a heckle, but that second one really hurt.

What subject wouldn't you make a joke about?
Britney Spears maybe. I just can't seem to come up with anything.

What's your biggest fear?
Being attacked by a chimp. I'm told they can be real dicks sometimes. I lead a largely chimp-free life just to be on the safe side.

Complete this sentence: 'A man walks into a bar…'
…and immediately gets his ass handed to him by a roving gang of drunken mimes.

'Dave Hill - Big in Japan' is at the Edinburgh Fringe, Pleasance Courtyard, Beneath at 20.15.
'The Dave Hill Explosion' is at the Edinburgh Fringe, Pleasance Courtyard, Upstairs at 23:00.