Interview: Jacob Hawley

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Jacob Hawley’s only been on the stand up scene since 2014 but he’s already been a finalist in the BBC New Comedy Awards in 2017, won King Gong at The Comedy Store and has written and starred in shorts for BBC3, while his 2018 show was adapted in to a stand up special called Jacob Hawley’s Welcome to Britain for Radio 4. Described as “A mature, sharp wit, a relaxed manner and an undertow of political passion… Clever, and different.” by Bruce Dessau of The Evening Standard and “Mocks blind patriotism in an enjoyably offbeat way. Nicely Wry” by Steve Bennett of Chortle, he’s clearly a comedian you’ll want to catch as soon as you can, and here he tells us about his new Edinburgh show, what he likes and dislikes about the festival, and how he regrets wearing a vest and blazer during his first ever gig.

Comedy To Watch: How would you describe your comedy to someone who wasn’t previously aware of your good self?

Jacob: It’s a conversational use of anecdotes and observations to try and discuss specific topics.

CTW: And what can you tell us about your Edinburgh show?

Jacob: It’s called Faliraki, it’s 2 love stories intertwined to discuss feminism and mental health.

CTW: What are your favourite things about the festival?

Jacob: I do really like Scotland, I just wish it was hotter.

CTW: And are there any aspects you don’t like?

Jacob: Too many to come across as a comedic performer people would want to see.

CTW: When it comes to stand up, how do you feel you’ve evolved since your first ever gig

Jacob: Since the first one I’ve evolved an awful lot; I was mad, I wore a vest and a fucking blazer. It wasn’t 2008. That’s not ok.

CTW: What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you since you started performing?

Jacob: The debts quite funny.

CTW: If you could change any element of the stand up scene, what would it be?

Jacob: It’s not a particularly funny thing to say, but performers to feel safe getting home from gigs. The Eurydice Dixon thing in Melbourne was so fucked and I think it woke a lot of us up to how frightened female performers can feel in those situations and it’s horrid.

CTW: If money were no object, what would you like to create?

Jacob: Ket den.

CTW: And finally, if you could interview yourself, what question would you most like to ask? And what would the answer be?

Jacob: Jacob, favourite curry? Have to be a dhansak mate.

Alex Finch.
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Related Links:
Jacob Hawley brings his show Faliraki to The Attic Room, Just the Tonic as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, from 1st – 25th August (excl 12th) at 5.15pm. More info and tickets available at
Click here for a clip of Jacob performing at the BBC New Comedy Award Final.

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