In his new hour of Fringe comedy stand-up, American comedian Dan Soder addresses the many questions that the mid-30s bring. From screaming babies on airplanes to remembering what his single mum had to go through raising an odd only child, Soder emphasises that humour and jokes are best used when life gets tough….. or boring with new show, Son Of A Gary. Dan spoke with The Fountain about the show in more depth as well as his plans for his first Fringe.

TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?

I’m very excited to perform at Edinburgh Fringe, my first one. It’s such a historic festival and a festival I’ve wanted to do for a long time, so I’m glad to finally get the opportunity to perform there.

TF: Son Of A Gary certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?

The show is about growing up with a Dad not around and how that might affect me deciding if I should be a Dad or not. In an age where over population is a real problem, I volunteer to say, well maybe I shouldn’t be one of the ones to procreate.

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

It grew from me talking about it more and more in my act and realizing most of my jokes stemmed from that idea. And then there were enough similar bits to say ‘maybe this is the theme of the show.’ It’s something I’m hoping people enjoy.

TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?

This is my first Fringe, so I’m excited to experience all of it, good and bad. Let’s hope it’s more good then bad. But I think it’s a real test of stamina to be performing night in and night out and I’ll be interested to see where the show ends up at the festival. In the sense of, I wonder if it will be warped or different in any ways then it is at the beginning.

TF: And what are your future plans beyond the Fringe?

Keep touring doing stand up and filming an hour special in October. Hopefully on my way to building a new hour and seeing what theme might be.

Dan Soder’s debut Edinburgh comedy show Son of A Gary will be at the Underbelly Dairy Room at 19.15 from 31st July – 25th August. For tickets, go to