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Firstly, what can we expect from your show this year?


The show is called Diary Farmer and it's on at midday every day at the Cowgatehead, space 5. It's an hour of stand-up comedy and sit-down story telling based around the theme of memory and autobiography, especially the way in which we deal with negative events in our lives. It's not as depressing as it sounds- there are jokes too.



How much of the show is already written?


The show is finished apart from a bit of tweaking based on how the previews go. Of course there's always a chance that the previews will go horrifically, in which case none of the show is written.



How are any preview gigs going so far?


The first one is on Wednesday so watch this space.



When was your 1st Edinburgh festival (assuming you have been before)?


I went for the first time in 2012, supposedly as a punter but I ended up doing quite a few open spots. My first gig there was an afternoon show in a strip club supporting an all-male burlesque act. It went surprisingly well.



Roughly how many shows do you see each festival?


Last year I didn't get to see many because I was doing an evening show and I spent most of the day flyering. This year I'll be done by 1pm so I should be able to see a lot more.



What has been your favourite Edinburgh show to watch?  


Matt Ewins' Once Upon a Time in the Jest was the best thing I saw last year, followed closely by Chris Coltrane's show. The year before I thought Thom Tuck's Disney show was lovely.



What was your worst Edinburgh show to watch?


Any of the late night heckle-based shows. I hate the us vs them mentality of them. Although a lot of that is my own jealousy of performers who can think on their feet and deal with that sort of thing. I requested an early show on purpose so I wouldn't have to.



Who is your favourite overall performer (s)?  


Stewart Lee is an obvious choice but I'm still  in awe of what he does. My other favourites at the moment are Mike Birbiglia and Simon Amstell. I'm a big fan of anything that seems honest and heartfelt.



What is your favourite venue?


I love Cabaret Voltaire. I tend to spend a lot of time in there during the day. They always give me a staff wristband out of pity.



What are you most looking forward to in Edinburgh this year?


Making thousands and thousands of pounds and living like a king.



Martin Moves Forward

We at DARKCHAT like to support up and coming acts, usually in the faint hope they'll remember us when they're rich and famous.


Here Martin Pilgrim tells us about his new show 'Diary Farmer' as he prepares it for the 2014 Fringe (and I do my best not to title the piece 'Pilgrims Progress'.)