In the Hot Seat: Steen Raskopoulos

31 Jul

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Last year Steen got Punchline’s Rosalind up on stage for a rap battle. Ever terrified of audience participation, surprisingly she left victorious and elated… and now we can’t wait to go back for more!

Close your eyes and picture Edinburgh. What do you see?

I see a huge bowl of vanilla ice cream with Maltesers crumbled on top. Sorry, it’s hard to concentrate I haven’t eaten today.

What is the last thing that made you snort with laughter?

A man started shouting at a Tesco employee because there were no large condoms left. ‘How am I supposed to have sex? With a regular sized one? No, get me your manager’.

Tell us about this year’s show.

It’s a solo character sketch show with a hint of audience participation (the fun kind. The kind that isn’t scary and people give you a standing ovation and whilst chanting your name that can be heard at any venue).

Who do you want to see this year?

Tom Allen, Louisa Coates, Jess Fostekew, Luke Kempner, Anne Edmonds and Rob Broderick.

Do you have any Edinburgh Fringe traditions?

I think a lot of performers have this tradition but crying.

What is your getting ready music?

Finish Line by Chance The Rapper.

If you could have any guest in your show, who would it be?

Probably Christopher.

 What is the best backhanded compliment you have had?

(After an improv show) ‘That was a nice show for an improviser’.

Who made you howl with laughter when you were a child?

My Yia Yia (Greek grandmother). She couldn’t pronounce Kentucky Fried Chicken – she used to call it Kentucky Fucky Chicken. To a four year old? That’s a 5 star review all day.

What should Donald Trump know?

How to tell the truth.

What do you do in Edinburgh that your parents wouldn´t approve of?

Speak ill of them in interviews. But fuck them they’re not here.

Catch Steen Raskopoulos: The Coolest Kid in Competitive Chess at 8pm at the Underbelly throughout August

Steen is in our top recommendations for this year

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