Tell us about your show. Why should we go and see it?
My show’s about working in a funeral home for the last couple of years, but is also mainly an excuse to do a joke every few seconds. Someone I know watched one of my shows with a stopwatch once and worked out my rate was about a joke every nine seconds, so if that sounds like a good enough rate then please do see the show. If that sounds exhausting, I genuinely won’t hold it against you.
Are you flying solo or are you part of a team?
I am flying fully solo. As it’s a stand-up show, it’s just me. Me and Tamara, who’s doing my tech. Just me, Tamara and Mel, who’s doing my PR. Just us three and Cath, my agent. Genuinely just the four of us and Philip, the wretch’d town crier’s boy who keeps stealing pies whenever I leave them to cool ‘pon my windowsill. It’s just the five of us flying solo.
What are your hopes and dreams for the Fringe?
I worry it’s a really rude answer to be like ‘To not have to do the Fringe again’, but I think that’s…a reasonable aim? Like when I sat my GCSE’s, my primary aim was to not have to resit my GCSEs. Is that ok or is that really ungrateful of me? Apologies if so.
What makes you laugh?
I saw a sign for a hot air balloon festival once that said “Featuring car parking and much, much more.”
What is it that made you a performer?
I saw a pantomime when I was about three and the double act Little and Large brought a bunch of kids from the audience onstage, including myself. They asked me my name and in a bout of nerves I said ‘Glennnnnnnn’ for way too long, and the larger of the two (I forget their name) said ‘Oh, with 11 ‘N’s?’ and I think that experience was so humiliating it probably caused something to go wrong with my brain, and so here I am at my 5th Edinburgh Fringe.
How will your audience think/feel differently after an hour in your company?
I guarantee, after watching my show, you will not eat silica gel packets again.
Whose show – apart from your own – are you looking forward to seeing at the Edinburgh Fringe?
Will Duggan. I’ll tell you for why – firstly, he’s very funny, but more importantly I stumbled across (/Googled myself and found) an interview with him where he recommended my show, but said unless I recommended his in return, he’d retract his recommendation, and let’s be honest: I’ve got ticket sales to think about.
What’s the most useful piece of advice you’ve been given?
Never go food shopping when you’re hungry, and never go mattress shopping when you’re tired.
Do you have a favourite Fringe memory?
I was told minutes before one of my shows that Derren Brown was going to be in the audience. I spent pretty much the entire show scanning the crowd, really trying to pick him out and eventually, eventually I saw a guy wearing a baseball cap and a very clearly fake beard. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited onstage. Anyway, as the audience got up to leave at the end, I got told that Derren Brown hadn’t been able to make it, and realised that the guy I mistook for him just happened to have a beard that looked like a fake beard.
Who is your showbiz/Fringe idol and why.
A man who came up to me after my first ever Fringe show. It was a free show, so I stood at the back of the room with a bucket at the end and people could put in what they thought the show was worth (10p according to multiple people’s donations). One man in his 50s waited until everyone else had gone, walked over to me, didn’t put any money in the bucket but he took out a £50 note, folded it up, put it in my top pocket and said “Your mother and I are worried about you.”
Glenn Moore: Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, Glenn I’m Sixty Moore, 4.05, Pleasance Courtyard Cabaret Bar, August 11-28