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Mark Nelson: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview

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Scottish comic Mark Nelson is exploring happiness in a self-obsessed world at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Hello. How are you today?

I am very well thanks. We are currently having our annual sunny day in Scotland

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

Yep, really looking forward to this year’s Fringe. Raring to go.

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

Fairly closely actually which is unusual for me. I normally have no theme whatsoever to my show whereas this year it is a bit more subject based.

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

The best way I still think for getting people to see your show is word of mouth. If you have made people laughand they have enjoyed seeing you they will recommend you to others and it does make a big difference.

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

I live in Glasgow so I’ll be commuting through each day so it is just my family who will have to put up with me and trust me a wife and two kids keep you very grounded.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

I am going to see Bill Burr in the first week of the Fringe which I am hugely excited about. One of the best stand ups in the World. After that Gavin Webster, Scott Agnew, Richard Gadd, Matt Winning and so so many others.

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

This year I am going to attempt to climb Arthur’s Seat every day. I’ve said I’ll do it every year but this year I am determined.

Salt and sauce on your chips?

I’m from Glasgow. How dare you ask that question.

Mark Nelson: Smiley Face
Gilded Balloon
3-28 August, 8.45pm
£10 – £12.50

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