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Jinx Yeo: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview



It’s the debut Fringe for this Singaporean comedian who was runner-up Hong Kong International Comedy Festival, and finalist in the America Meet World Global Comedy Competition.

Hello. How are you today?

Sorry for the double-take – I thought it was my therapist asking. I’m well and grateful, thank you.

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

It’s my first Edinburgh Fringe, so I don’t know what I’m in for. I guess I’m like a virgin in this regard, in that I think I’m ready – but when the time comes, I might find myself sobbing… or fumbling to keep up with the action… and perhaps also feeling the pinch in my wallet.

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

As closely as an Instagram model’s selfies matches how she looks when she wakes up. #NoMakeup

If a 40-word blurb could accurately describe a one-hour comedy show, that would be a space-time paradox (excuse the pun). So at risk of sounding self-serving (which I am) – if you wanna know, then come catch the show.

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

I’ve found the most important thing is to keep my clothes on. Having a laugh-out-loud funny show to generate word-of-mouth works too. But only if I keep my clothes on.

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

I’m sharing a flat with veteran comedian couple Mary Bourke and Simon Clayton. This being my first Edinburgh Fringe, I’m sure I’ll lift their spirits – every day they’ll witness how much I’m in over my head, and have a good laugh. And they’ll keep me looking on the bright side – because no matter what happens, I know I’ll have made at least 2 people chuckle.

I’ve learned much from both Mary and Simon in the past, so hopefully I can turn to them for some guidance along the way.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

I’m looking forward to watching Nick Cody. I caught the first 15 minutes of his show at the Adelaide Fringe and was loving it, but – and this really happened (ask Nick!) – we were interrupted by the fire alarm, and everyone had to evacuate the cinema where the show was held. Then by the time the show resumed, I had to rush off to a gig, so I never got to watch the rest of the show. Hopefully I won’t be foiled by another “act of God” this time!

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

I’m from Singapore and I love the outdoors, so I’m looking forward to finally experiencing summer in Edinburgh! It’s gonna be full of sunshine and hot bods in skimpy outfits, right?

Oh, and Haggis too. I’ve always wondered why Chinese restaurants haven’t copied that dish. If my comedy career doesn’t work out, I might just start a restaurant called “Hu Has Haggis”

What’s your topping at The Baked Potato Shop on Cockburn Street?

I’m not fond of vegan food – I’m much closer to a carnivore on that spectrum. I’ll get whatever topping the pig wants for its last meal, before it gets turned into bacon on my plate.

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

Life is short. So seize the opportunity if you ever get the chance to see something rare – like a unicorn… or a black swan… or a funny Singaporean. One of these will be doing comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. Carpe diem!

Jinx Yeo: A+ Underachiever
Laughing Horse @ Southside Social
4-28 August, 11.15pm

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