Stevenage soft lad Jacob Hawley presents ruminations on love, youth and mental health, with new show, Faliraki. Politics for idiots, feminism for lads, love stories for louts and self-care for those who don’t. Jacob spoke with The Fountain about what to expect from the show as well as his plans for the month.

TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, are you excited?

Very excited! Love Scotland, love comedy, love the audience, love the other performers, love making money!

TF: Faliraki certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?

Politics for idiots, feminism for lads, love stories for louts, self care for those who don’t. 50 minutes of a randy man with an estuary accent belting out his classics with horrendous posture and a glint in his eye!

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

The project is driven by personal experience. Things that have happened and occurred. I’ve watched a lot of what you might call ‘story shows’ over the years and I’m excited to have a bash at that. 

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

If you’re a first time performer, as in it’s your first time performing at Edinburgh at all, I’d recommend keeping your head down and enjoying it. Don’t worry about the industry, the agents, the bollocks, drink pints sleep well and eat plenty. Phone mum and dad once a day and stay active in your WhatsApp groups; you need them as much as they need you. On your day off, go to Glasgow, NOT the beach. But then again, what do I know?

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

Sean Mahoney is bringing up some new stuff which is exciting to me. Lou Sanders’ shows are always a must see but thankfully everyone knows that now.

TF: And what are your future plans beyond Faliraki?

More podcasts, more radio, more gigs, maybe tele. Then again and again, year after year until Hollywood. Or having some kids. 

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