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Richard Gadd: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview

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A personal highlight of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Richard Gadd is among the most inventive and innovative comedy performers working today, combining audio/visual technologies with out the box ideas that make for uniquely exciting shows.

From a preview in July, we can safely say his show this year will not disappoint. Be prepared for something special.

Hello. How are you today?

I gigged for you last night. I feel horrendous.

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

No. No amount of preparation can ever prepare you for how brutal it’s going to be. My way of preparing myself is to anticipate the worst and then cut off one of my toes. It never works.

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

I keep my Fringe show blurb intentionally vague because I have no idea what the show is going to be by the time the brochure deadline comes into place. So I’ve just put, “Richard Gadd: Just A Man Standing In Front Of An Audience Asking Them To Love Him And Failing Miserably.”

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

Tell them Robin Ince is on and say you are his hour long warm-up act. Because his audience are middle-class, they will be too polite to say anything and so will sit, occasionally checking their watches and wanting to leave whilst not wanting to cause a fuss. Works every time.

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

It’s a dog eat dog world out there and I know how competitive this festival is. I’m living with a bunch of other comedians and I’m going to eat their food and lock them out and soil their bedsheets and take them out one by one until I AM VICTORIOUS!

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

The Military Tattoo is always a good shout.

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

When it ends.

Salt and sauce on your chips?

Chips on my salt and sauce mate.

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

Vote remain! (this would have been much more effective a month back)

Richard Gadd: Monkey See, Monkey Do
Banshee Labyrinth
6-28 August, 9:45pm

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