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Edinburgh Fringe interview: Tom Rosenthal

Tom Rosenthal Edinburgh Fringe Festival Interview

Tom Rosenthal may be best known for his role oppostive Simon Bird in the excellent Friday Night Dinner and more recently in the ancient Rome based sitcom Plebs.

His experience filming the series in Bulgaria form part of his second Edinburgh Fringe show “Благодаря” (It’s Bulgarian for “thank you”). He’s a very sharp and clever stand-up and one of our top picks to see at the fringe this year.  we had a natter with him about it…

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Hallo. How are you today?

Hot. Tight groin.

On a scale of cardboard to Christmas, how excited are you for the Fringe this year?

Fireworks – pretty excited, large potential to underwhelm.

What’s your show about (in a maximum of two sentences and without using the following words/terms: unique, defiant, sassy, action-packed, thrill-a-minute, crazy, random, middle-class hip hop)?

It’s a one of a kind, thrill-a-second tale of lower-upper-class randomness in Bulgaria.

Who should come see it? And who do you want to come see it?

Bulgarians and people who don’t like Nicklas Bendtner. Nicklas Bendtner.

What is the full range of emotions an audience member can expect from your show?

Depends on the audience member. If they don’t like pretentious sitcom actors, then apathy. If they do, perhaps just malaise.

Is your show easy to adapt for Radio 4 in case it wins the Fosters Comedy Award?

Absolutely not. It’s mainly faces.

How long did it take to come up with the show’s name? And what did you reject?

Not long, obviously. I rejected косачка, Това е всичко, което имам and Ниш Kumar е комик.

Do you have a favourite Fringe memory?

Bartlett living through getting shot.

What else are you looking forward to in Edinburgh this year?

Watching more West Wing with James Acaster.

Here’s a space to write anything you want about any subject. Go for it:

Моля те, ела да ми шоу. Опитвам се, нали знаеш, че винаги съм просто се опитва. Знам, че може да ви дразнят или се намира слабо, но бизнесът, че ние сме тук, това е неизбежно, че понякога ние разтривайте хората нагоре по грешен начин. Но моля, повярвайте ми, когато казвам, ченикога не е намерение. Просто ни искат на всички да бъдат толкова щастливи, колкото е възможно, като същевременно се зачитат целия живот навсякъде като най-доброто, което можем.

Bendtner е путка.

Tom Rosenthal: Благодаря
Aug 3 – 25, 8.15pm
Pleasance Courtyard ​ 
£6.50 – £12

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