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Peter Brush: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview

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Peter Brush is another under the radar comedian who had something of a breakthrough last year, thanks in part to a very flattering 4 and a half star review in Chortle.

And it was a deserved review, with Brush coming across as thoughtful and funny, with smart writing complementing an awkward introvert persona that’s instantly likable.

Hello. How are you today?

Fine I guess. It’s early though, lots can change. Perhaps I should appreciate these average moments while I can.

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

I’ve never been ready for anything until after I’ve done it. It’s a new show, so it’s a new thing, I guess I am as prepared as realistically I can be. I worry I’m underselling the product here, but can I just say that my own personal standards are so much higher than the publics.

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

The bits that I mention in the blurb are the least funny bits now, but I have to keep them in the show because I do not want to be guilty of false advertising. I believe in an honest product, not necessarily a quality one (the other bits not in the blurb will be quality though).

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

I am hoping the best way to get people to see a show is word of mouth because the show is good, so the show itself is my main concern really. The festival is long enough to generate momentum, so have faith. I cling to the hopes that ‘if I build it well people will come’ anyway, as I’m terrible at talking to people in the street and have no time for gimmicks and all that other marketing stuff, it makes me feel very grubby.

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

I am sharing with Carl Hutchinson, Phil Ellis and Jonny Pelham. We have been in the same flat for the last 3 years, I think this is because although we are all terrible people a lot of other comedians are worse, so why twist when we’ve got it so average? I’m only joking here, Carl and Jonny are lovely.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

My show clashes sadly but I would like to see my pal Fern Brady, hopefully I’ll get the chance if the space-time continuum has some kind of meltdown (due to Brexit or something, I don’t know). Otherwise I always love watching Seymour Mace. Phil Ellis’s show sounds great this year as well.

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

I like to go to the Botanic Gardens once every year and look in the greenhouse with all the different types of chillies in it. There are also some very good 2nd hand bookshops in Edinburgh, I hope they haven’t closed down. I have discussed playing badminton with a couple of acts when I am up, they sounded enthusiastic (probably because I look easy to beat) but I bet it never happens.

Salt and sauce on your chips?

I’ll remain enigmatic here thanks.

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

Not a day goes by that I don’t lament the loss of Justine Henin to women’s tennis.

Peter Brush: Dreams With Advert Breaks
Banshee Labyrinth
6-28 Aug, 1.10pm

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