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Harriet Kemsley: Edinburgh Fringe 2015 interview

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Harriet Kemsley

It’s no exaggeration to say Harriet Kemsley is one of our favourite comedians in the world today. We’ve long been impressed by her, but in the past year she has excelled herself to create a show that looks to bring together all of her incredible comedic attributes: a positive energy, an endearing scattiness, kitchen sink silliness and an eye for poignancy. This will be one of the highlights of the Fringe.


Hello. How are you today?

I’m ok Thank you. Although I ordered a new phone case off the internet and it just arrived and it doesn’t have a back. Also I had to check on my friends cat earlier and I’m really worried I burnt down her flat, won’t know for sure till 6.30pm when she gets back from work. It’s going to be a tough few hours.

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

IT’S THE EDINBURGH FRINGE?!!?

At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?

My name has not changed.

What are your tips for getting people to see your show?

Hopefully the product placement I bought in Jurassic World is going to pay off.

Is there anyone in particular you’d like to see in your audience?

As long as my Grandma respects her life long ban from my shows I will be happy.

Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?

I’m sharing with Bobby Mair who I also live with in London. We have a good arrangement. He’ll listen to me cry and I’ll let him lie in. I am also staying with Kate Lucas, two years ago I took her to see a show at the end of the festival where the audience had to sing ‘we’re all going to die’ repeatedly. So she knows I’ve got her back.

Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?

I’m really looking forward to making some friends. Hopefully this will be the year!

What’s your topping at The Baked Potato Shop on Cockburn Street?

Anything that doesn’t contain raw fruit and vegetables or nuts as I’m allergic, but is also meat free as I’m vegetarian. Basically don’t ever try and order food with me.

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

Hi Jack and Tom how are you? I miss you! See you at the Fringe! xx🐓Purple heartBug👭🚣 [I’m sorry Harriet, our computer can’t most of these symbols – Ed]


Harriet Kemsley: Puppy Fat
Pleasance Courtyard
5-30 August, 6pm
£6 – £9.50

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