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Edinburgh Fringe interview: Alfie Brown

Alfie Brown Edinburgh Fringe Interview

Alfie Brown set the Fringe alight last year for his hard-hitting debut show ‘Soul for Sale’, which examined morality and humanity and received a ton of praise from critics including The List, Chortle, Guardian and Time Out.

His profile is growing even bigger, and many have tipped this year’s follow-up ‘The Revolting Youth’ for big success.

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How are you today?

Hot. Too hot. Absolutely hot hot hot. In temperature. It’s hot.

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

Cardboard, Card, Chipboard, Wood, Oak, Conifer, Pines, Hemlocks, Norway Spruce, Christmas . . . I presume that’s the scale you’re on about? I’m around a Hemlock. I’ve written a good show and my friends are good dudes.

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 an individual, obstinate, saucy, happening-crowded, sensation-a-60 second interval, demented, unsystematic, New Affluent Worker rap. . . I hope you’re coming. . .  It’s a show. Just come.

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

Anyone who thinks they might like it. If you want to walk out you may but I would never do that and it does make you a prick. Anyone can come. I would like people my age to come and see it as I think they’ll find it most relatable.

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

Amused – Devastated, I believe it’s also known as cardboard to Christmas.

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

Um. Yes. But I’m not sure they’ll want to. Do they have to? Fingers crossed.

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

About two weeks. I came up with it whilst buying a wedding dress with my now Wife. ‘When Life Gives You Lemons Oppress The Populous’ was what I didn’t call it.

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

Watching Jason Rouse’s show as a 17 yr old felt pretty great. The first time as a kid you hear someone speak like that it’s an amazing feeling to know that you can.

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

A stroll can go fuck itself. Everywhere in that city is uphill.

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

Bonobo monkeys when they are about to fight, fuck instead. I’d prefer that; I can’t handle myself in a fight, but I can handle myself in a fuck.


Alfie Brown: The Revolting Youth 
Aug 1 – 25, 9.10pm
Underbelly, Cowgate ​ 
£9 – £11.00

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