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Paul McMullan: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview

Paul McMullan

Paul McMullan tells his story of having no home, no job and two children and how these are the least of his problems.


Hello. How are you today?

I’m fine, actually no I’m not, I’m full of anxiety, I’m stressed, I’m not sleeping, well you asked!!!

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

As ready as I can be, I’ve been walking up and down a lot of stairs to get ready for all the Edinburgh hills, I’ve also been walking up to complete strangers trying to give them a piece of paper, so I start getting used to rejection again

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

I’m really lucky as it really does, I always knew what my debut show was going to be about and I started writing it last year, anyway I don’t have the talent to change it now.

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

Great title, eye catching poster and a really good street team, also begging and threatening to self-harm on the royal mile if no one comes to see your show, never underestimate the power of a crying man. Failing all that violence.

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

I’m sharing with no one, utter bliss. The thought of someone I hardly know sharing a toilet with me fills me with dread, my best friend knocked on my front door once asking to use my loo, I said no! haven’t seen him since.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Bill Burr, without doubt my favourite comedian by far, in fact I I’m seeing him twice. I saw him when he was last in London and I almost past out laughing.

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

The fish and chips from City Restaurant on Nicholson Street best fish and chips I’ve ever had. I’m looking forward to the whole Edinburgh experience, it truly is a wonderful city.

Salt and sauce on your chips?

Oh yes, if it wasn’t for the hills keeping me slim I’d come back massive.

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

Come and see my show or I’ll go on a puppy killing spree, do you want that on your conscience. Do you! Do you!


Paul McMullan: Alcopop
Pleasance Courtyard
4-28 August, 9.15pm
£11 – £12

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