Award-winning comedian, Joe Bor tells the story of the friendship between his grandad, world-renowned town planner Walter Bor and his grandad’s best friend, world-renowned comedy actor Herbert Lom. It explores their journey from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to the UK at the Fringe this August. Joe spoke with The Fountain about what instigated this show as well as his plans for Edinburgh.

TF: What is the premise of your show?

It’s about the life and friendship of my grandad, world renowned town planner Walter Bor and his best friend, world famous actor Herbert Lom. 

TF: What drove the project, where did your influences lie? 

I found some letters between the two and found out about my grandad’s autobiography and realised this was an amazing story. 

TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?

I have been many times before. I plan to go to the gym as much as possible (I plan to anyway). I would recommend finding nice places to eat (that are healthy). 

TF: Is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh? 

I want to see some nice plays and support some of my friends who are also performing (Luke McQueen, Paul F Taylor, Nick Helm are some I would recommend). 

TF: And what are your future plans beyond your show? 

I would love to tour the show. I plan to film it and publish my grandad’s book too. I have also filmed many interviews with family members and plan to release that as a documentary as some point. 

You can see The Story of Walter and Herbert at Carnival at Espionage from 1st – 25th August at 15:45. For tickets, please visit