Edinburgh Fringe 2015 Featured Post Interview

Interview with Charlie Baker (Edinburgh Fringe 2015)

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Callum Moorin
Written by Callum Moorin

We caught up with the multi-talented Charlie Baker to talk about his upcoming Edinburgh Fringe show, his run in London’s West-End and much more!

CM: Thanks for joining us today, how are you doing?

CB: I am very well thank you I’ve given up drinking in preparation for Edinburgh and I tell you what it’s amazing. I highly recommend it. I got up at 7.30 the other day with no alarm. Just got up and didn’t feel like I was going to throw up/fall over/shoot myself. Energy!

CM: You’re a comedian, a radio presenter, a singer and actor among many other things. Where do you feel most at home?

CB: On a comedy club stage with a big full room and and a mic in my hand. I love it. But I also love being in my actual home. Which is a good balance.

CM: What can we expect from “Just The One”?

CB: This is my funniest and most personal stand up show. It’s a mixture of private thoughts I perhaps should keep that way, good singing, silly singing, audience participation, a murder mystery, health advice and the story of my 12 year (and counting) marriage

CM: Your shows include a mix of stand-up and song, how do you find the right balance?

CB: You 100% have to start with the comedy I write a show that stands alone as a stand up piece and then add the songs that earn their way in.

CM: Last year you were in the short-lived musical, “I Can’t Sing” – which personally I got to see and very much enjoyed your part – were you sad to see it close?

CB: I was because I was having a ball swanning around the West End and just popping into the Palladium for work and there were some brilliant people involved. Mostly Harry Hill who is the single nicest person I have ever met. But at the same time I did feel like I had done it. I was in the workshop production a year previous so to go from that to rehearsal to massive West End opening to great fun run and then also having a closing night was thrilling and didn’t give me time to get bored. So, personally for me it wasn’t a great problem it ended. I was on stage doing stand up the night after it ended. It was a really really good show though.

CM: Do you think you’ll head back to acting in the West-End in future?

CB: One day I hope. But only if I’m the main part. As a stand up you get used to being centre front. I won’t be playing third cover Simba.

CM: You’re a frequent goer of the Edinburgh Fringe, what keeps you coming back?

CB: The chance to create and perform your own show , what ever form that may take, is a great privilege. It’s how to stay relevant as a performer.

CM: What’s your best story from the Fringe?

CB: I don’t have any anymore. I told you I don’t drink and no good story ever started ‘so I was on my third peppermint tea’

CM: Thanks, see you in August!

You can see “Charlie Baker: Just The One” nightly at 8.40pm throughout the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Assembly George Square Theatre: The Box. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

About the author

Callum Moorin

Callum Moorin

Hello! I’m Callum, the editor at The Angry Microwave.

You can find me talking film, comedy with other geeky bits in-between. Normally I'm also behind a camera listening to The Wombats and watching Kinda Funny.