Edinburgh Fringe

Aatif Nawaz: Edinburgh Fringe interview 2015

Aatif Nawaz

Aatif Nawaz

Aatif Nawaz brings his show “Muslims Do it 5 Times a Day” to Edinburgh with the aim of challenging western misconceptions about Islam through comedy. Aatif’s has previously performed his 2104 show at the Leicester Square Theatre for a sell out run of four nights.

Hello Aatif. How are you today?

All the better for hearing from you – how are you?

We are grand thanks (Aatif is the first person to ask us how we are, highlighting how rude all other comics are), are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

I wish it was starting tomorrow! Ready to go. Checked out of London life. Can’t wait to get to Edinburgh, take a shower, wash the real world off me and live in a fantasy land where I get to tell jokes for a living.

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

It’s pretty dead on. The content evolves with what happens and the performance relies a lot on the type of audience I have. But it’s still called Muslims Do It 5 Times A Day. And it’s still fighting Islamophobia one joke at a time…

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

Working hard, building a buzz. And of course spreading the word through great outlets like yourselves.

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

The show is meant for everyone, it has a universal message. So no one specific. Apart from…you know…the individual with power and influence that will see something in me and change my life forever. But honestly, whether you’re a film producer or a producer of fast food, you’ll all good people to me!

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

I’m sharing with non-performers. It’ll be a nice performance detox to chat about Newsnight or discuss the latest episode of The Simpsons (that’s still a thing right?) with non-Fringers.

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

I’m a foodie. So discovering the culinary delights of Scotland is on top of my list. Also trying to do something worthwhile with my Snapchat – maybe capturing the perfect artistic black and white shot of Edinburgh Castle…for 24 hours.

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

Cheese. Maybe some beans. Some coleslaw wouldn’t be bad. A bit of salt. Some pepper. Maybe some tobasco sauce. A sliver of lettuce. Some fries on the side. Make that curly fries. With Masala. Wait…what was the question again?

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

Over the last 7 years, enough people have told me I’m funny that I don’t remember them all by name anymore. I’m hoping to build that list at the Fringe. Spent a long time trying to find something to say with my comedy that didn’t come with a side of French Fries. Here we go! Muslims Do It 5 Times A Day. And not just what you’re thinking off.

Aatif Nawaz: Muslims Do it 5 Times a Day
Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms)
Aug 7-18, 20-29, 10:15pm

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