We interviewed Jake Edwards twice in 2019.
The first time, we made them lay in a bathtub full of dolls and seaweed, so this chat from Summer in the City was probably quite normal in comparison.
Hi Jake. When was the last time you smelled your finger, and what did it smell like?
JAKE: “Probably this morning, and it smelled of my aftershave. I was testing it.”
Which member of One Direction do you think has the most hygienic bottom?
JAKE: “Harry Styles. I mean, come on.”
Invent a new public holiday or festival, and tell us how it would be celebrated.
JAKE: “Well I’m just going to say that Trans Pride is now a public holiday, and it’s going to be celebrated by boycotting anyone who’s ever said anything transphobic and has yet to apologise for that. And to not visit any establishments that hold up transphobia within their company. And also to give every trans person you know £5, if you’re not trans.”
Sum up your Summer in the City experience so far in five words—
—that all begin with the same latter.
JAKE: “‘Relaxed’, ‘rollercoaster’, ‘ridiculous’, ‘rewarding’, ‘rad’.”
What’s the most fun you’ve had with your clothes on?
JAKE: “That is so bizarrely worded, because now I’m just thinking of things I’ve done with my clothes off. Drinking wine?”
What’s the most fun you’ve had with someone else’s clothes on?
JAKE: “Deep discussions about gender.”
What is objectively the best film in the world?
JAKE: “The Social Network.”
That’s right, it’s The Muppet Christmas Carol.
JAKE: “Fuck you.”
What existing story, from any medium, would you most like to see retold with the Muppets?
JAKE: “The Social Network. It would be hilarious. I want Kermit to be Mark Zuckerberg, and then I want Eduardo Saverin to be Miss Piggy, but as a drag king.”
If you were secretly a werewolf, how would you conceal it?
JAKE: “I wouldn’t. I would just run around telling everyone I’m Remus Lupin and that I’m in love with Sirius Black.”
Which of your fellow YouTubers do you think is most likely to secretly be a werewolf?
JAKE: “Pete [Kingston]. I could see Pete being a werewolf. He’s just got this energy – the hair, the scruff… Yeah, I can see it.”
Have you ever had an amusing encounter with a postman? And if not, can you please make one up?
JAKE: “I mean, my postman always sees me in just my underwear. Sometimes those underwear are thongs. So that’s probably an experience.”
By the time you die, what do you want the Controversies section of your Wikipedia page to say?
JAKE: “Like, a controversial opinion that I have?”
They chronicle disputes that people have gotten into. Like, what beef do you want to be known for?
STEPH: “I know one!”
Are you Steph?
STEPH: “I am.”
Hello Steph. You can answer on behalf of Jake if you want.
STEPH: “A debate about ‘do you need dysphoria to be trans?’ Am I wrong?”
JAKE: “I’ll stand by it! We’ll go with that.”
If you were a chaser on The Chase, what would your intimidating nickname – like the Beast or the Dark Destroyer – be?
JAKE: “The Power Bottom. I’m not even a power bottom, I’m vers.”
Other than “Summer in the City”, what could the “SitC” acronym stand for that still relates to the event?
JAKE: “Slightly Intriguing Topical Content.”
If you had a time machine, where would you go?
JAKE: “I’d want to go just to look at the Stonewall Riots. It sounds really weird, but I’d want to go and watch that unfold, as kind of a reminder of where we came from and how we can recapture that kind of fierce energy today.”
Finally: If your YouTube channel were a medicine, what would you take it for, and what would be its unwanted side-effects?
JAKE: “My YouTube channel would be testosterone. The advantages would be a beard. The unwanted side-effects would be the beer belly.”
- Daniel J. Layton: “I basically want to be Princess Margaret”
- Lex Croucher: “I’ll just nun up and have a great time”
- Peter Kingston: “You can put my YouTube channel up your arse if you want”
- Taha Khan: “I’ve got very strong opinions about this”
- Gary C: “I’m bitter and delicious”
- Chloe Rose: “The gates of potato heaven”
- Calum McSwiggan: “A bit of toilet paper is not going to sort it out”
- Scola Dondo: “I’ll be angry if he doesn’t like pies”
- Elle Mills: “I peed myself on purpose”
You can also catch up with the 2018 series, where we spoke to Riyadh Khalaf (“I am obsessed with trees”), Dean Dobbs (“Cry into a flannel and smell your tears”), Jon Cozart (“Teletubbies seemed almost sacrilegious”), Elle Mills (“I thought humping made babies”), Ricky Dillon (“Banish onions from everything”), The Midnight Beast (“Mummy wants a cuddle”), and Roly West (“I’m very much like Po”).