Kunt & The Gang: 'I'm Nelson Mandela with catchier tunes"

The most controversial act of last year's Fringe, Kunt & The Gang talk about life after cockgate and what he'd like to do to Pippa Middleton

Feature by Barrie Morgan | 28 Mar 2012
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During the fallout from 'Cockgate' back in August 2011 you seemed to attract more fans and gather a lot of attention. How has that continued since?

It hasn't! It was a bit like having a one hit wonder in that there was a bit of fuss for a very short period of time then I just went back to playing my normal gigs. The weird thing about the Fringe is you're ensconsed in this little bubble where things seem like a really big deal and it's only after you get back to Essex that you realise no one gives a flying fuck about 'Cockgate', having selfishly been more concerned with not having their house burnt out in the riots.

You also seemed to shy away from these new fans a bit as they were not necessarily your target audience. Is it a worry for you to attract attention from people that might end up looking into your comedy too much, or missing the point of your comedy?

As long as the people that come along look like they are enjoying the show I don't really care whether they are proper people or Fringe chin-strokers. I don't really have a target audience - there's a genuine crossover crowd that comes and sees us regularly, which is just as likely to include punks or metallers as students or beer blokes. I sometimes look out at the people from their various social strata and see them laughing at the same things and think, I'm helping to bring people together. A bit like Nelson Mandela but with catchier tunes.

Kunt's Tribute to Amy Winehouse, 'Amy (It's A Terrible Shamey)'

Now that you're a star at the Fringe, do you plan to sell out and move to a big venue?

We're keeping it real on the Free Festival this year, but moving to the City Café. The way some of the other promoters threw their toys out the pram last year over a few cock stickers on their posters made me not want to have anything to do with them, even if they were prepared to have us on, which they wouldn't have been anyway so everyone's happy.

What do you think of people in comedy who do sell out?

These things are all driven by public demand so all the time people are up for paying the money and seeing those huge shows they'll carry on. If I thought I could fill out Wembley Arena at 50 quid a ticket I'd be all over it. Unfortunately for me there doesn't seem to be much of a mainstream market for electropop songs about rape and paedophilia.

On a lighter note, apparently the world is going to end in December of this year. Any plans for the day before?

As long as you can assure me that it really will end, I am going to set aside the morning before to quickly say goodbye to my friends and family. Then I will find a derelict warehouse where I can take Pippa Middleton and [editor's note - the remainder of this section has been deleted for legal reasons. All 8000 words of it].

Kunt classic: 'Let's Send Nan To Dignitas'

Kunt is at The Hive, Edinburgh on March 30, 20 Rocks, Falkirk on March 31, and 13th Note, Glasgow on April 1. For ticket details and to download Kunt's new CD, 'Sloppy Seconds', visit: http://www.kuntandthegang.co.uk