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Impertinent questions for Mark Nelson

4 Jul

Mark NelsonWhat is your favourite synonym for “bum”?

Hoop

Whose swearing makes you laugh the most?

My 3 year old son’s

Who should come to see your show and why?

Everyone should come and see my show because it is the closest thing to Brexit that will actually happen.

Who are you excited about seeing this year?

There are so many great comics. Micky Bartlett’s show is sounding amazing. Gareth Waugh is always class. And please go and see David Correis.

Imagine you come off stage and find a wish come true. Which food/drink/present/person would be waiting for you?

Scarlett Johansson

Describe your perfect day at the Fringe.

Sun shining, show sold out, Setlist to finish

How long does it take to come down after a show and how do you do it?

It takes me a long time to come down which is what is so great about the Fringe as you can just do another gig until you collapse.

In the game “Would You Rather?” what’s the hardest choice you have had to make?

Never played the game I’m afraid

What’s your favourite Brexit metaphor?

I believe I have come up with the prefect Brexit metaphor which I end my show with. You’ll need to come and see but trust me it is worth it.

Who or what helped you believe you were going to make it in comedy?

It was the day I realised that I could now walk into The Stand and not have to say, “I’m an act”

Tell us something your agent doesn’t want us to know.

I am Bible John

Buy tickets for Mark Nelson: Brexit Wounds here

8pm | Gilded Balloon Teviot | 31 July, 1-18, 20-25 Aug

Impertinent questions for Sophie Duker

3 Jul

Sophie DukerWhat is your favourite synonym for “bum”?

Peach. Soft and squishy for the win, baby!

Whose swearing makes you laugh the most?

Angela Barnes has a classic bit on swearing as a working-class girl. “What I lack in Hs I make up for in Fs”

Who should come to see your show and why?

If you like any of the following things: robust academic research, fried chicken, Lizzo, love stories, Pokémon, pornography or problematic faves, then this is absolutely the show for you. But come regardless. It’s funny, and funny is for everyone, even old white guys.

Who are you excited about seeing this year?

I pre-booked Phoebe Robinson for my day off, cause we clash so it’s my ONLY CHANCE. But I can’t wait to be secure enough in myself to see all the other talented comics debuting their first hours this year. It’s a fierce bunch.

Imagine you come off stage and find a wish come true. Which food/drink/present/person would be waiting for you?

My old Weimaraner, Casper, who ironically (for his name) is definitely dead.

Describe your perfect day at the Fringe.

Five stars for Venus across the board. I get given a key to the city that gets me into any show free, even the sold out ones, and a magic pill that will mean I can drink as much as I want in the artists’ bars without ever getting a hangover.

How long does it take to come down after a show and how do you do it?

It can be anywhere from 0 seconds to three months. I chill my buzz with wine, women and song.

In the game “Would You Rather?” what’s the hardest choice you have had to make?

I find Would You Rather very easy to play, as I understand that it is entirely hypothetical. What stresses me out, for example, is deciding what to have for dinner.  

What’s your favourite Brexit metaphor?

Nope. Not talking about Brexit. Uh-uh. No way. Not today, Satan. 

Who or what helped you believe you were going to make it in comedy?

My fairy comedy godmothers, who believed in me and got me invited to balls time and time again. They know who they are.

Tell us something your agent doesn’t want us to know.

She had to buy me charcoal pills because I had food poisoning the day I debuted on Mock The Week and didn’t want to shit myself on set.

I don’t think Dara would have approved.

Buy tickets for Sophie Duker: Venus here

7pm | Pleasance Courtyard | 31 July, 1-13, 15-25 Aug

 

Impertinent questions for Daisy Earl

2 Jul

Daisy Earl

What is your favourite synonym for “bum”?

Badankadonk

Whose swearing makes you laugh the most?

My mum’s. She does nice mum-swearing; she once told me to shit off!

Who should come to see your show and why?

Anyone who has ever felt like they don’t know what they’re doing in life. My show is very honest but very funny (if I do say so myself!). I talk about my mental health, my weight, my love life and my sobriety.

Who are you excited about seeing this year?

Everyone! Genuinely everyone! I am not a discerning audience member. I like so many comics for so many different reasons.

Imagine you come off stage and find a wish come true. Which food/drink/present/person would be waiting for you?

Grandad Scotland – he’s my favourite person and I don’t get to see him enough. I’d rather hang out with him than anyone else after gigs.

Describe your perfect day at the Fringe.

My show goes well, I see nice friends, I watch good things. (Apologies for writing that like a five-year-old)

How long does it take to come down after a show and how do you do it?

It takes me forever. I try to hang out and chat to people after shows where I can. It’s sociable and helps use up some of that energy.

In the game “Would You Rather?” what’s the hardest choice you have had to make?

Never be able to taste food again or once a week have sweetcorn fall out of your nose for an hour (I chose the sweetcorn eventually)

What’s your favourite Brexit metaphor?

The mice weren’t happy with the squirrels so they set fire to the forest.

Who or what helped you believe you were going to make it in comedy?

My Scottish comedy family – I started on the Scottish scene and it’s incredibly supportive.

Tell us something your agent doesn’t want us to know.

Weirdly she actually mentioned the other day not to go on about how funny I am? Yeah, it was weird. She said you’re really funny and don’t mention to people you have a fringe show at 4 at Patter Hoose!!

Buy tickets for Daisy Earl: Fairy Elephant here

4pm | Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose | 31 July, 1-11, 13-26 Aug

Impertinent questions for Christopher Macarthur-Boyd

1 Jul

Christopher Macarthur-Boyd

Ahead of the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe (which starts in one month!), the first comedian to satisfy our curiosity is Christopher Macarthur-Boyd. If you haven’t heard of him yet, you will soon!

What is your favourite synonym for “bum”?

Arse, by far.

Whose swearing makes you laugh the most?

Family members who spent the first twenty-or-so years of your life pretending like they don’t swear. Then, all of a sudden, you turn 26 and your granda is calling his neighbour a cunt.

Who should come to see your show and why?

People who find humour in the sadder aspects of being alive.

Who are you excited about seeing this year?

Stephen Buchanan is doing his first hour, and I think it’s going to be dynamite. Rosco McClelland has a new show that I’ve seen a few previews of. Ed Night’s show is brilliant as well, from what I’ve seen of it.

Imagine you come off stage and find a wish come true. Which food/drink/present/person would be waiting for you?

My rider, on the rare occasions that I actually have a rider, is two cans of full-fat Irn Bru and a twenty deck of Marlboro Lights. That’s all I need to be happy.

Describe your perfect day at the Fringe.

All the gigs were lovely and I didn’t bump into anybody awful. That’s my version of Kurt Vonnegut’s gravestone with the inscription, ‘Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt’.

How long does it take to come down after a show and how do you do it?

A few hours. It’s a lot more pleasant than coming down from MDMA. I’ve never done ten minutes at a new act night then spent the entire next day lying in bed with my heart beating harder than it’s ever beat before, with wide eyes and slightly blunter molars. To come down from a gig, I usually need a bit of alone time, or a quiet rum-and-coke, or a gaming binge. It’s much gentler.

In the game “Would You Rather” the hardest choice you have had to make?
Somebody once asked me if I’d rather shag my mum or shag my dad, and the difficult decision I made at that point was to abandon any hopes of considering that person a friend.

What’s your favourite Brexit metaphor?

When Comedy Bang Bang toured the UK with their live show, me and Rosco drove from Glasgow down to Manchester to see them, and an American improviser called John Gabrus had a great one in-character as the intern Gino Lombardo.

Who or what helped you believe you were going to make it in comedy?

The utter hopelessness of every other endeavour I’ve ever attempted.

Tell us something your agent doesn’t want us to know.

I recetly shat myself.

Buy tickets for Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Dreamboat here

9pm | Gilded Balloon Teviot | 31 Jul, 1-11, 13-25 Aug

In the Hot Seat: Edd Hedges

7 Aug

Photograph of Edd HedgesClose your eyes and picture Edinburgh. What do you see?

The Gilded Balloon. It’s the best place in Edinburgh I think. It’s like sexy Hogwarts. For me it’s like the home of comedy during the Fringe and the team who work there are the coolest people in the world. I normally just run around it until an adult tells me off.

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

I’ve just moved into my flat for this year’s Edinburgh with my friends and fellow comics Adam Rowe and Dimitri Bakanov. There was a skate board. I’ve never seen three grown adults have more fun with a bit of wood on wheels.

Tell us about this year’s show.

It’s a true story about the scariest night of my life. It happened last year and I kind of kept it to myself and didn’t tell anyone until this year. The first person I told was my best friend and comedy sister Sofie Hagen. When I told her she asked if she could direct it and it’s just snowballed from there. I’m really proud of it and I’ve had so much fun traveling up and down the country with Hagen trying it out and working in cafes late at night. I’m just super excited to start showing it to people!

Who do you want to see this year?

This year I’m really excited to see Sarah Kendall, Dane Baptiste and Sean McLoughlin. They are all amazing!

Do you have any Edinburgh Fringe traditions?

Every year I get a baked potato from the Tempting Tatti. Chicken tikka, cheese, and half a tub of butter. Followed by my second fringe tradition – chest pains.

What is your getting ready music?

I don’t really listen to music pre-show. I like to be talking to someone, it calms me down a bit more. It’s a real problem with me. I get too excited and then I spend the first 30 seconds onstage smiling and hyperventilating. It’s good to just be chatting about the weather then go on and calm and happy.

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

Harambe

What is the best backhanded compliment you have had?

I did gigs in Germany a year ago. In the show I said ‘this is the first time I’ve performed in Germany’ after the show someone said ‘it was actually ok considering this is the first time you’ve ever performed stand up’

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

A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Billy Connolly and Father Ted.

What should Donald Trump know?

LOADS. Like. Ok. Have you seen House of Cards? I’ve been watching it and thinking there’s no way Donny-T knows all that stuff. There’s so much stuff to know!

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

You mean besides the stranglings?

Catch Edd Hedges: Wonderland at 4pm at the Gilded Balloon throughout August

In the Hot Seat: Abigoliah Schamaun

7 Aug

Photograph of Abigoliah SchamaunClose your eyes and picture Edinburgh. What do you see?

I picture dusk, crepes, and sunrise. My first solo show starts at 7:40pm and the late night show I host, Spank!, keeps me out till about 5am every night. I spend the entire month on third shift.

The Fringe is a festival done completely in the dark for me.

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

This tweet I’m trying to read in this video

I sent it around to all my friends and family at the time. No one thought it was nearly as funny as I did.

Tell us about this year’s show.

My show is called Namaste, Bitches and it’s about being a yoga instructor who loves musicals and drugs. So basically it’s about the things I love and my unhealthy relationship with all three.

Who do you want to see this year?

Tomás Ford, 5pm at the Gilded Balloon. He’s an Australian cabaret act that’s weird, high energy and sweaty. He’s my hero. I want to be like him…except…not Australian.

Do you have any Edinburgh Fringe traditions?

Steaks at The Abattoir Restaurant with my buddy and fellow comedian, James Loveridge. Also dancing ’til the wee hours of the morning on Thursdays at the Doddy & Rave in Underbelly.

It’s a big dance party and a great way to blow off steam. Sometimes they even have face painting!!!

What is your getting ready music?

Slow Ride by Foghat is my go-to. It has a driving beat but the lyrics remind you to pace your self, “take it easy”. It’s the best song to play before a show, as the gun goes off at the start of a marathon, or even for morning sun salutations. It. Is. The. TITS!

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

Barbra Streisand. I used to have the VHS of Hello Dolly! the musical and she is amazing in that film. I watched it at least once a week as a kid and I want to thank her for making such a great film and being such a fierce woman.

What is the best backhanded compliment you have had?

 Person: I really liked your show.

Me: Thank you!

Person: No, I mean I really, REALLY liked it. You’re, like, funny.

Me: Yeah, that’s what I aim for.

Person: I just can’t believe I laughed so much. You’re good!

Me:…you know this is my job, right?

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

My dad. He used to tell me a story about having a pet catfish and would pretend to be the catfish.

Another time we made up our own Olympic diving team, just the two of us, and invented our own tricks. The big closer was when you bent over, touched your toes, and fell sideways in the water. It was called “Pocket Knife”.

What should Donald Trump know?

 Given that it looks like he doesn’t have a clue, I just wish he knew something. ANYTHING!!!

We could start with the little fact that he’s in way over his head, doesn’t have the best interests of the American people at all, and should resign. I wish he knew that.

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

My mom’s going to be up for the first half of the Fringe this year so not much. I’m lucky to have parents that have always been supportive of my creative endeavors, tolerant of my weirdness, and understand I’m an adult who can make her own decisions. I’m happy I have that.

Catch Abigoliah Schamaun: Namaste, Bitches at 9.40pm at Underbelly throughout August

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