“Love Ray, Man” is Ray Badran’s first show at the Edinburgh Festival but he’s already a greatly acclaimed comic with several other shows behind him, as well as a hit podcast and a web series made for Comedy Central which the New Zealand Herald called “The funniest TV local(ish) show in ages”. The Arts Review website said about him “His style definitely struck the right chord for the night, getting the entire crowd in hysterics”, and this new show has already made many “Must See Edinburgh Shows” lists. Here he talks about his Edinburgh debut, how he’s evolved both as a human being and a stand up, the funniest thing he’s seen while performing, what he’d like to see change about the stand up scene, and the kind of city that he’d like to design.
Comedy To Watch: How would you describe your comedy to someone who wasn’t previously aware of your good self?
Ray: I would say, come and see the greatest show of all time performed by the world’s greatest comedian, me. But yeah, I’m just a kid from a small town in Australia, happy to be performing in the big smoke.
CTW: And what can you tell us about your Edinburgh show?
Ray: See above. Standup, storytelling, observational, jokes… that sort stuff.
CTW: What are your favourite things about the festival?
Ray: This is my first time performing at the Fringe, so I’m not sure what will be my favourite thing. I hope that my favourite thing will be how one day at the fringe I won, one million pounds, in some Scottish lottery thing. But I’m really looking forward to catching up with all my friends and having good shows.
CTW: And are there any aspects you don’t like?
Ray: Since it is my first time performing, I have yet to find aspects that I don’t like. Maybe after fringe my answer will be ‘wasting the one million pounds I won in some Scottish lottery, on one gold plated, custom made, human sized, M&M’.
CTW: When it comes to stand up, how do you feel you’ve evolved since your first ever gig?
Ray: As a human, I have evolved pretty normally. I have aged slightly, and I get a sore lower back from time to time. As a stand up, I used to do a few more one-liners, and move around a little less. No drastic changes but certainly more relaxed on stage now.
CTW: What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you since you started performing?
Ray: I can’t answer this. This is no way a conclusive funniest thing that’s ever happened but just a funny gig story I remember. About 8 years ago, when we were just starting, I was doing a gig with Rhys Nicholson, in a rural area of Australia, and the last post came on. The last post is a musical tribute to soldiers lost at war, which requires everyone to stand in silence while it plays for a couple of minutes. So, during Rhys’ set, he had to stop, and stand in silence. Pretty horrible gig. Pretty funny to watch.
CTW: If you could change any element of the stand up scene, what would it be?
Ray: I would like to see some rules and regulations be put in place. For starters, everyone should be wearing some sort of uniform. Not saying it should be a suit and tie, just something that all comics wear. That way, when the person walks on stage, the audience will be thinking, ‘hey look, that’s the comedian’.
CTW: If money were no object, what would you like to create?
Ray: I’d probably like to create a city. I think I’ve got some good ideas. I know I want a waterslide park and free parking for everyone. Also have already designed the town’s football jersey.
CTW: And finally, if you could interview yourself, what question would you most like to ask? And what would the answer be?
Ray: If I could interview myself, I would end all interviews by asking; ‘And finally, if you could interview yourself, what question would you most like to ask? And what would the answer be?’.
Ray Badran brings his show Everybody Love Ray, Man to the Pleasance Cellar as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 1st – 25th August (excl 12th) at 9.45pm. More info and tickets are available at raybadran.com
And you can follow Ray on Twitter here.