On the Fringe: Andrew Lawrence

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HE is dangerous, pushes the boundaries, and has been described as ‘stand-up comedy’s foremost creepy-faced ginger man,’ and he is one of the funniest acts you will find on this year’s Fringe.

Andrew Lawrence, star of BBC1’s Live at the Apollo and a regular on Channel 4’s Stand-Up For The Week (he also had three series of his own acclaimed Radio 4 show), brings his new show, Reasons To Kill Yourself to the Assembly Rooms, and as the title suggests, the humour is dark.

Trying to get a serious answer from him is pretty impossible too, as you will discover here:

Describe yourself: 6ft 8ins, full-bearded, glow in the dark, flipper-footed, humannosaurus rex. Special powers include invisibility, jumping, shooting coconut water out of my eyes, paralysing body odour and sexual endurance.

What do you do? Try to blend in.

Best thing about doing what you do: Filling out my tax return in an honest and comprehensive manner and then making a full and timely payment for the good of the whole country and humanity in general.

Worst moment ever (on stage): My penis fell out while I was auditioning for the Royal Variety Performance. I just left it there as I thought no one would notice if I just delivered my jokes loudly enough, but they did notice and I didn’t get the call - although frankly my penis is funnier than the guy they gave the gig to instead of me.

Worst moment ever (off stage): I fractured my vertebrae doing an awkward take-down in the final of the British Cage Fighting Championships 2004 - the pain was intolerable. I took a massive beating but clawed my way to victory. I wasn’t the same after that though ... once I lost my sponsorship money from Pets At Home I had to return to teaching Zumba fitness classes.

Best Edinburgh memory: Probably when I won the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2008, before it even existed, and subsequently donated all my prize money to an orphanage, though I myself was homeless at the time. The BBC instantly commissioned six, half-hour episodes of my stand-up for broadcast on BBC4 because it’s so intellectual and artsy. Later that year I sold out an arena tour and cracked America, where my new biopic ‘Something Is Not Right With My Anus’ will be on general release this autumn.

Plane or Train? Teleportation

If you weren’t an entertainer, what would you be? Financially stable with a pension plan, private health care, life insurance, paid holiday, company car, a better mortgage deal and all my weekends off.

Who was the last text you received, from? Hospital - the test results came back. I’ve only got one more Christmas.

When was the last time you cried? Half an hour ago - back, sack and crack wax.

Are you on Twitter? @andrewlawrence

Sell your show in six words: Come, or I steal your children.

Andrew Lawrence: Assembly Rooms, George Street, until 24 August (not 11, 18), 8.45pm, £9, 0131-226 0000