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Edinburgh Fringe 2014 interview: Nish Kumar

The brilliant Nish Kumar returns to the Edinburgh Fringe after his last two show brought him critical acclaim and two sell out Soho Theatre runs.

Fresh from his appearance in the second series of the Stewart Lee curated Alternative Comedy Experience Nish took some time out to answer our probing questions.


Hello Nish. How are you today?

I’m good boys. How are you? No reply. Awkward.

Your show is called Ruminations on the Nature of Subjectivity. Are you feeling the pressure to live up to such a title?

The reason it’s called that is because I thought it would be funny to have a serious sounding title with a stupid photo of me putting my fingers up my nose as a poster. That really was the entire thought process behind the title. Then I realised I had to write a show about subjectivity.

What can audiences expect from your show this year?

Comedy about subjectivity, 12 years a slave, pessimism, insomnia, Bruce Springsteen & whether I should mention my race on stage.

You’ve been creating consistently great shows at the Fringe for a number of years now. What do you hope for when you set off to Edinburgh?

The same hope that I have always had – that the festival won’t be a total disaster. Also I hope there won’t be a Godzilla attack. That would really suck.

Have you learnt any special Fringe survival skills in that time?

Vegetables are not optional. Beer is not a proper dinner. Always be wary of a Godzilla attack.

What else are you looking forward at the Festival this year?

Eating a lovely haggis. I realise that sounds like I’m taking this piss but I really love Haggis.

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


Nish Kumar: Ruminations on the Nature of Subjectivity
Pleasance Courtyard

July 30 – Aug 24, 7.15pm

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