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Edinburgh Fringe interview: Matt Green

Matt Green Edinburgh Fringe interview

Matt Green

Matt Green is a sharp and witty comic whoose admirers include Richard Herring (he featured on a RHEFP!)

He’s looking forward to being in one city for a month this August.

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How are you today?

I’m well although pretty tired from lots of travelling – I’ve been previewing my show at gigs all across the country this week. That’s one of the best things about the Edinburgh Fringe for comedians – being able to stay in the same place for a whole month!

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

I don’t really understand this scale, so I’m going to say: Easter?

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 about all of the things that haven’t killed me in the last year and me trying to work out why I am the way I am. Plus jokes.

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

Anyone is very welcome to the show, although ideally people who are interested in seeing an hour of personal comedy rather than just knob gags. Although there are a couple of those in there too…

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

Laughter, happiness, confusion, betrayal, understanding, enlightenment, hunger.

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

Yes, apart from the twenty minute mime sequence and the constant swearing and blasphemy. (This may be a joke. Or the show may have changed a lot by the time I get to the Fringe…)

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

The title came fairly quickly this year. I thought about long titles like “Things That Haven’t Killed Me” but in the end a slightly more subtle (and open-ended) title seemed like a better idea. I don’t like to tie myself down too much so the audience thinks they know exactly what to expect. A few surprises are a good thing.

Do you have a favourite Fringe memory (not necessarily your own or about the Edinburgh in Scotland)?

I have many lovely Fringe memories. One of my favourites was seeing a late night gig at the end of the festival in 2002 which featured Daniel Kitson, Adam Hills, Dara O’Briain, John Oliver, Andy Zaltzman, Jason Byrne and several others. They were all having fun, heckling each other from backstage and generally pissing about. It was magical to watch and the kind of thing you can only really see at the Fringe.

What else are you looking forward to in Edinburgh this year? We recommend the Piemaker, The Baked Potato Shop and a pleasant stroll.

Joining a gym and going twice, before remembering that I never really have the time or inclination to go. Plus the fact that everything is up hill in Edinburgh which keeps you pretty fit!

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Matt Green: Alive
Aug 4 – 25, 8.10pm
Pleasance Dome
£8 – £10.50

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