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Taylor Glenn: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview


Taylor Glenn promises an Edinburgh Fringe show about becoming a mum that is honest, unflinching and delightfully dark.

Hello. How are you today?

I’ve just spent a full ten minutes contemplating how I truly feel before I remembered I’m just supposed to say “yeah, not too bad.” Yeah. Not too bad. (There’s SO much more to say).

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

Hmmm, I am as ready as I can be. I’m coming up with my toddler this year so I think the most important things are toys for her, earplugs for me, and valium for both of us. Ha! Joking, she can’t share my valium after last time. Boundaries are so key in parenting.

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

Yes, the blurb matches this time as I was already working on my show back then. High five to ME. I’m glad I said it’s for parents and non parents alike because some of the best feedback has come from non-parents. I suppose it’s a bit of a cautionary tale.

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

I am going to get my kid to flyer for me. She’s got a poor attention span but she’s nice and loud and assertive.

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

Ah. I see what you’re doing. You’re making me question that “no valium” rule because I’ll be sharing with my toddler. You could be right, I should probably give her some each day to take the edge off. Thanks. Taking advice is so key in parenting.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

I’m booked to see Louis CK, he’s my favourite comedian so very excited to see him again. Just read about Doug Segal’s “I Can Make You Feel Good” and I’m excited to see that now. Soon Kempner’s “Queen.” Also my friend and fellow comedian Yianni, who’s doing a show about The Simpsons. And Matt Price. There is no way I’m going to find a babysitter this many times.

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

I would like to actually enjoy it and not stress. I love Edinburgh and so I’d like to just enjoy being up there and soak in the atmosphere. Also, late night drunk fish and chip binges, which are great if I start to take everything too seriously.

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

Tuna mayo and cheddar. The cheddar must be melted on the potato first or else I throw the entire thing down the street and watch it splatter in a rage.

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

This is the most personal material I’ve ever done so I hope it resonates with people and that it makes people laugh and think. Otherwise, baked potatoes be flying.

Taylor Glenn: A Billion Days of Parenthood
Just the Tonic at The Caves
4-28 August, 9.25pm
PWYW or £5 to guarantee entry

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