CANADIAN superstar stand-up comic Tom Stade, star BBC1’s Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, loved Edinburgh so much when he first came here that he decided to settle in the Capital. Now, more than a decade later he considers the advantages of being a local come August.
FIRSTLY, I feel honoured that you guys think of me as a local. It has taken a long time but I finally feel welcome... but I also understand you can never be too careful. Being from Canada, I know how untrustworthy some of my fellow countrymen can be. We start too many wars for my liking.
The one thing I have learned to love of my new found home are the street names. I don’t think you can get more Scottish than Blinkbonny and it is used often: Blinkbonny Road, Avenue, Gardens and Lane.
When you say it, I think it should be the law that you drink a three-finger, single malt whisky.
Now, if that doesn’t get me elected as Emperor of Scotland nothing will.
On a personal note, I love being a local as I get to stay at home for the whole month of August. Most of the time I am the guy having to sleep in expensive hotels in London (more like crashing on friends’ couches) when everybody gets to go home after the gigs, so it will be nice to be at home and reacquaint myself with my children. It will be nice to remember their names.
For my last thought, I think the funniest thing about being a local during the Festival is that I can have a fantastic after-party at my house and no one will complain because I really do know my neighbours - get ready Reg and Johan!
The Essential Tom Stade, Assembly Rooms, George Street, until 25 August, 9.20pm, £15, 0131-226 0000