An Interview with Gary Tro

Hi Gary, so where ya from & where ya at, geographically speaking?
Originally, I’m from a place called Chipping Sodbury, just outside Bristol. JK Rowling was also born there so it’s pumping out some creative juggernauts. It’s probably because of the big Tesco they’ve just built… it’s really inspiring. I’m currently in London, sat at my laptop, Ecosia-ing

When did you first realise you were, well, funny?
When I was in primary school, my teacher, Mrs. Eyres, was pregnant. She held a competition whereby the class would suggestion baby names. I suggested Pubic, so that it’s name would be Pubic Eyres. Yup. Nailed it.

Who are your comedy idols?
Genuinely, I mostly take inspiration from the guys that I came up on the circuit with. It might just be because I’ve seen these people grow (creatively… and literally, some of them were quite young) or because I get to watch them live all the time, but all the most talented comedians in the world started stand-up between 2009 and 2011. That’s just a fact. You can’t even argue with it so don’t try.

Upon which life-experiences do you draw your own comedy?
I enjoy making the mundane ridiculous. I also like being self-deprecating. Comedy should always be about punching up or punching yourself. I choose to punch myself.

What does Gary Tro like to do when he’s not being funny?
I’m currently addicted to a game called Overwatch. It’s an online *pew pew* thing that you play with other people/idiots who doN’t kNOw HOw To PLaY PROpERLy SO END UP LOSING US THE MATCH!!!! 0_o It’s really fun.


Your exceptionally titled show did rather well at last years Fringe. What motivated you to do it all again?
Complete lack of demand. The show was a massive commercial disaster last year – hardly anyone saw it. I was in a venue in butt-fudge nowhere at a ridiculously competitive time. However, the feedback from everyone that did come was overwhelmingly complimentary. And I love doing it. I think it’s a fantastic show, which I’m really proud of. It’s some of the most hilariously honest bullshit you’ll ever see. (When you’ve printed this, can I use that as a quote??) “…some of the most hilariously honest bullshit you’ll ever see” – Mumble

What does the show have to offer for the discerning comedic punter?
As well as being the best named show on at the fringe, it’s also an hour of intensely, hilarious fury…

Can you explain in one sentence what it is like to perform at the mega-mash-up that is the Edinburgh Fringe?
It’s almost exactly the same as puberty but with more Berocca.

What is is about performing live you love the most?
The immediacy. I genuinely believe that the best art and performance happens in the moment. The biggest laugh that every comedian has ever had has come from something that they didn’t plan to do.

What does the rest of 2017 hold in store for Gary Tro?
Edinburgh and then recover from Edinburgh. I’m working on a few projects and will hopefully be taking a show on tour at the end of the year.

Gary will be performing at the Edinburgh Fringe

Aug 3-27 : Just the Tonic at The Caves (17.00)


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