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Ed Night: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview


Ed Night joins Annie McGrath, Elliot Steel and Will Hislop in being a 2016 Fringe performer who also has a famous comedy parent.

Unlike that group though, Ed does not sure the surname of his famous father (Rory, Mark and Ian in the cases above). Instead, he’s gone the opposite direction to his dad Kevin Day, a veteran of the stand-up and comedy writing circuit who appears regularly on Match of the Day 2.

Hello. How are you today?

Not bad ta, yourself?

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

I don’t know if I’m ready, I don’t know if anyone ever is, but I am looking forward to it.

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

My blurb is mostly nondescript fluff, so it matches the show quite well at the moment.

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

Try and make your flyering technique stand out and don’t refer to your show as “nondescript fluff”.

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

I’m living with five other comics: Red Richardson, Eshaan Akbar, Bob Munro, Daniel Audritt and James Loveridge. Myself and a couple of the others have said we’ll do loads of exercise and motivate each other as we’re right next to the meadows, but I think realistically the extent of us helping one another will be getting bog roll in or letting each other into the flat when we’ve forgotten our keys.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

The third instalment of Will Seaward’s Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories.

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

I’m only doing half an hour, so I think it’ll be a good chance to find my feet, get used to doing a show every day and get ready for my proper debut.

Salt and sauce on your chips?

Of course.

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

I’ve been using a drawstring bag a lot recently due to my backpack breaking and the strings are really digging into my shoulders. I don’t remember them digging in that much when I was younger and used them. I think it must be because I carry heavier stuff now, because I didn’t have particularly muscly shoulders as a child. I’ve been thinking of putting sponges or sanitary pads or something under the strings to make it a bit more comfortable, but then I think it’d feel too much like I’d resigned myself to using it and I’d never be able to motivate myself to buy a new backpack. Plus everyone would probably be like “Ew, look at that freak with the sanitary pads on his bag. What, are his shoulders having a period or something?” No thank you.

Ed Night: I’m Amazed It Has A Title
Gilded Balloon @ The Counting House
3-14, 16-28 August, 5.30pm
PWYW or £5 to guarantee entry

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