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Ormskirk comic hopes for big break with sailor show

Adam Rushton is performing at the Edinburgh Fringe

Adam Rushton is heading to the Edinburgh Fringe with his show Sailor

Ormskirk comedian Adam Rushton is hoping his new show about his time in the Royal Navy will help him hit the big time.

Adam, 30, has taken the show up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and hopes to impress TV execs and agents with his new material.

Adam’s set is the only military-themed show at the iconic festival – a fact he’s hoping will help him stand out from the crowd.

Adam said: “I’m really nervous about heading up to Edinburgh, it’s the first time I’ll have been up to the fringe and I’m really keen to impress people up there.

“I’m doing two weeks solid and, while it’s really nerve-wracking, I’m also really excited.

“I think my show is pretty unique and hope that people who watch it, enjoy it, there’s some adult material, but it’s mostly just funny stories about my time with the fleet.”

Adam joined the Royal Navy at 19 as an aircraft engineer.

After completing all his training, he was sent to RAF Wittering before joining Her Majesty’s flagship HMS Ark Royal while it was in dry dock in Rosyth.

Adam spent two and half years on board her sailing to such places as America and the Arctic circle, working with the likes of the American marines and SAS.

Adam said: “I loved my time in the navy, I left school with barely any qualifications and it was really the making of me.

“I met so many characters during my time there and I thought it’d be great material for a show.

“I always wanted to be a ladies’ man, but it never really worked out for me. It became a running joke with my mates and one time they set me up on a blind date.

“I was really excited and was sat in the pub waiting, only for one of my mates, Grant, to turn up fully dressed as woman, legs shaved and all.

“I’m hoping the show does really well. My dream is to eventually take it round all the naval bases.”

Adam will be at The Dragonfly in the Grassmarket everyday from 6.40 -7.40pm until August 16.