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Ryan Cull: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview

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Ryan Cull’s show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 is a story of spending two formative years in leg braces.


Hello. How are you today?

I’m fine thank you. Not many interviewers ask me this question. It’s nice to know you care!

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

Well this is my debut show so I’ve never experienced the real highs and lows of putting on an hour show for a month. I’ve read every horror story and feel good story so I’m expecting the best and worst month of my life!

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

My show was written before the blurb came out so it is a perfect representation of what it will be about. My show is called Brace Yourself and is about the two years as a child I spent in leg braces and how this affected me as an adult. When I was thinking of a show to write about, all my problems seem to relate to those two years in leg braces. I want to show the connection between your childhood and how it can affect you as an adult. There’s a reason most comics have unorthodox upbringings. This is just my story.

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

My main tip is to stay out of it. I’ve tried flyering before and I’ve been told I’m one of the worst they’ve ever seen. So this year I decided to hire a team to help get people into my show. Doing interviews like this will hopefully persuade some people to start their day off by seeing my show. Also, if you put on a good show, I believe people will come. It’s like the saying in the movie Field of Dreams “If you build it, they will come.”

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

I’ve never met any of my flatmates actually. They are people that are also using the same promotor as my show, Emily Gough. I assume it’s going to be like when I first moved to the UK, a classic flatshare. But I hope the one thing we don’t share this month is depression and tears. Maybe we’ll all meditate to stay positive.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

There are a few such as Andrea Hubert’s show Week, All my fellow Canadians (because you have to support the home team), Jamali Maddix, Mark Nelson, and American Joe DeRosa. All hilarious comics.

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

I’m looking for the miles and miles of walking I’m going to do during the festival. With the amount of beers you end up having there needs to be a cardio aspect to your Fringe or you’ll end up a shell of your former self. Since I’ll be there the whole month I’m going to get away from the madness and do some hiking or climb Arthur’s Seat. A hear it’s a good place to let out a scream.

Salt and sauce on your chips?

Salt, yes! Sauce, depends what sauce you are talking about. Just saying the word “Sauce” is way too vague for me to agree to spread it all over my chips. So I’m saying no to your sauce!

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

There is a zero tolerance policy to playing Pokeman Go during my show. You will get kicked out and may God have mercy on your soul. Please come though!


Ryan Cull: Brace Yourself
Gilded Balloon
3-28 August, 2pm
£9 – £10

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