While stile a relative unknown outside his native US Eddie Pepitone stormed the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012, taking home numerous plaudits, myriad stars and a host of new fans of his bitter, philosophical ranting.
He’s now back, and he’s kindly answered a few silly questions we had about his show.
Hallo Eddie. How are you today?
I’m good today but anxiety is my constant companion as I juggle comedy, marriage, and taking care of myself in crazy overcrowded LA.
This is a return to the Fringe for you. What made you come back?
I’m coming back because my first trip to Edinburgh was very successful for me. I have gone on to play Australia, Dublin, Norway and London due to Edinburgh so I thought why not expose myself to international audiences again!
What were the highs and lows of your first time in Edinburgh?
Highs were feeling the sense of accomplishment from doing the run and meeting brilliant comedians I had never heard of. Lows were feeling physically destroyed by the end of it.
Your show has a rather ominous title ‘RIP America, It’s Been Fun’. Are you planning to leave your home nation for good?
No plans to leave the USA yet but I would love to have that option . It is truly a dying empire. Bread and Circuses at this point.
What can the US learn from the UK (if anything)?
I think the US could learn from the UK some austerity some humility. We seem to think we are going to go on forever and it’s already over.
What else are you looking forward to in Edinburgh this year?
I’m looking forward to the cool rainy weather, the atmosphere of a thousand creative minds coming together in one place and baying at the moon.
Eddie Pepitone: RIP America, It’s Been Fun
Jul 30 – Aug 24, 9pm
£11 – £14