A SALISBURY teenager is taking the comedy scene by storm including performances at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Andrew White is returning to Studio Theatre in Salisbury where he performed his first show back in 2016.

The 19-year-old said: “I’ve always loved comedy and used to obsessively watch sitcoms and stand-up shows on TV. So I already had this passion for the genre, and at around the same time I got really into performing through acting and musical theatre. It didn’t take too long after to put two and two together and realise I wanted to perform comedy.”

On what inspires his shows, he said: “The material always comes first. I can’t start constructing a narrative or structure without knowing there’s some definitely funny bits to fill the time. Luckily, I’ll find myself writing around similar themes, issues, or events in my life anyway, so it’s much easier to mould a show around jokes when they’re all connected. The inspiration for the source material is always something true from life though.”

Andrew spent a month performing at the Edinburgh Fringe, and received a four star review from The List.

He said: “The Edinburgh Fringe is amazing; I absolutely love it. It’s tough and draining to do an hour long solo show every day for month, but you learn so much and you get so much better. It’s often described as an intense training camp for stand-ups.

“When I first went up, it was just as an audience member and I fell in love instantly – I told myself that I’d be here every year for the rest of my life. To be honest that was what really kicked the comedy passion into gear, I’d have never have thought I could do it otherwise.”

Andrew says he would like to pursue a career in stand-up and adds: “I’ve started breaking into work at proper comedy clubs over the last year (as opposed to pubs, function rooms etc), and that atmosphere in a purpose built comedy environment is just an amazing experience. I’m hoping for more of that in the near future, and I’ve recently signed with an agent too, so maybe other aspects of comedy such as writing or acting will take off alongside.”

Tomorrow’s (Friday, September 6) show, which is being recorded for a DVD, starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £5 and available from standupandrew.com/DVD