Fred Macaulay Q&A

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‘Famous Last Words’ with comedian Fred Macaulay…

One of Scotland’s most beloved comedians and star of BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz, Bridget Christie Minds The Gap and The Unbelievable Truth, Fred MacAulay is back on the road this autumn with a brand new show.

In his first tour since 2012, Fred looks at his family life at home and looks forward to how his country will shape up after the referendum of 2014. As well as looking backwards and forwards, he’ll probably look sideways at politics, sport, the environment and, without sounding too like a brief for a newspaper, there will undoubtedly be a colour supplement with a look at ‘celebrity’.

Here are his ‘Famous Last Words’…

Last thing you did that made you feel good?
Funny you should ask. I climbed Ben Nevis 48 hours ago. It’s been on my bucket list for a few years and whilst I didn’t feel too great physically, I had a REAL sense of achievement when I got back down to the car park. In case you’re interested, it was 55-60 mph winds on the summit and sleeting.

Last thing you’d want to be doing right now?
There’s a million things I wouldn’t want to be doing. Before I became a professional comedian I was an accountant and I still have nightmares about being late with the annual accounts. VERY pleased I don’t have to be doing that.

Last night on Earth… What’s your poison?
Whisky. I’m not a whisky drinker, but my grandfather was, my father was, and my sons are. So I might as well join them all.

Fred MacAulay comedian portrait photographed by Oxfordshire and“He’s a terrible drunk and a shit karaoke singer”

Last supper… What are you ordering?
Just something light for me and my 12 closest pals.

Last person you’d want to share a drink with?
Kim Jong Il. He’s a terrible drunk and a shit karaoke singer.

Last time you shed a tear and why?
I came across a recording of my son singing ‘Sound of Silence’ at his school leavers’ concert.

Last refuge… where would you go?
The hills!

Last the course… tips on loot, love & life?
I don’t go with that ‘Neither a borrower nor a lender be’ thing. It was my grandfather’s motto. And also why he was one of the worst bankers ever. On love? Love is something that rises and falls like a tide. Always remember that it’ll come back. On life? Life is a gift. And it might just be a one off, so let’s enjoy it.

Last but one… random question: Tell us about something that interests you that nobody else knows about, like Gaelic football… or porcelain.
I can tell whether a potato plant is diseased when it’s growing by the colour size and shape of its leaves. In a few cases I can also tell you the variety. Look up ‘potato roguing’, it’ll explain.

Your Famous Last Words?
I’m fond of the last words of my old school chum Kenny who died way too young of an incurable cancer. “Aw bugger it!”

image: Andrew Ogilvy

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