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Alexander Bennett: Edinburgh Fringe 2015 interview

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Alexander Bennett has a busy Fringe with a solo show and a gameshow set in hell.


Hello. How are you today?

I am tired, stressed, writing this at three in the morning and I’ve cut my finger. So well.

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

Half and half. I really like my solo show, and its been previewed lots. The co-ordination of my other show, the game show set in hell, has been as easy as trying to fart in time to ‘la cucaracha’. It’ll be fun, but man alive

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

The solo show is still about making my devoted audience stupid, the lucky idiots. The game show is in a different time, place and has a different cast.

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

Be honest, if you talk to them and you think they would enjoy it, you can probably get them in

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

Some of the teenage girls from last year. I had a noticeably high percentage of teenage girls in my audience last year. I couldn’t work out why, until I realised my only flyerer was a teenage boy, he was using my show as an excuse to start talking to pretty girls. I hope they enjoyed it (my show)

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

I am living with Michael Legge, who is trying to organise people to sell out one show per day during the fringe, because he is nice (follow the hashtag #sellthisgigout). He knows my room is underground, so expects me to be a hole-dwelling wreck by week two. We are renting off a delightful couple called Helen and Tony, who aren’t comedians, so who gives a tuppeny fuck about them.

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

Seeing people in your audience who came to see you last year. Most rewarding thing ever.

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

Chicken tikka

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

“All the Things She Said” is a song by Russian girl group t.A.T.u. from their fourth studio album 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane(2002). The song was released as the album’s lead single on 18 August 2002. It was written by Sergio Galoyan, Trevor Horn, Martin Kierszenbaum, Elena Kiper and Valeriy Polienko, while production was by Horn. The song is a hard pop rock song that incorporateselectronic influences. “All The Things She Said” is the English-language version of their 1999 single “Ya Soshla S Uma”.

“All The Things She Said” received mixed reviews from music critics, while some commended the production and lyrical content, others called it a gimmick and suggestive. The song reached number one in several countries around the world, including Australia, Austria, France, New Zealand, Switzerland and the UK. “All The Things She Said” reached number twenty on the US Billboard Hot 100, the first Russian act to accomplish this. Ivan Shapovalov commissioned the accompanying music video for the single, which shows the group behind a fence in school uniforms, trying to escape.
The music video caused considerable controversy in several nations because it depicted themes lesbianism and pedophilia. Several organisations protested the video to be banned, while some music stations removed the scene with the girls kissing. The song had been performed many times, including on many MTV live shows, along with a megamix with “Not Gonna Get Us” at the MTV Movie Awards.

It awoke a sexual force within me that has grown worse with age.

PS: I was 10 in 2002, just to be clear

Alexander Bennett: I Can Make You A Moron
11-29 August, 7.30pm

Hell to Play
11-29 August, 10.15pm


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