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Pete Otway: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview

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Pete Otway tells the story of breaking up with a girl and getting back together several years later, as well as everything in between.


Hello. How are you today?

Very well thank you!


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

Pretty much bang on I would say. Because it’s my debut show, there hasn’t been the same pressure of writing a show in a year because I didn’t do one last year. I’ve sort of been working on it for a couple of years but the idea has always stayed the same.

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

Make it really good. This sounds obvious but I think sometimes people forget that is the biggest part whilst spending more time on their poster than their show. Word of mouth is such a huge machine in Edinburgh. Punters generally only come up for a couple of days, so they’re going to want recommendations to make the most of their time.

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

I’m sharing with two of my best mates – Brennan Reece and Steve Bugeja. Steve had a great first hour last year and Brennan is taking his first solo show up like me. I think the main problem we’ll have is getting Steve to chill out and stop stapling reviews to his flyers at 3am.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

One of the shows I always try and catch is Matt Forde’s political show. I’m sure it’ll be an interesting one this year!

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

Dragging my friends up Arthur’s Seat hungover. I do it every year, they hate it until we get to the top.

Salt and sauce on your chips?

Definitely. Who’s not having salt and sauce on their chips? Who are these people?

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

If you don’t have salt and sauce on your chips, please don’t come to my show. Spend the hour thinking about the life choices you’ve made.

is at Just the Tonic at The Mash House at 5pm, 4th – 28th August (except 15th) as part of the Edinburgh Fringe

Pete Otway: Six Years Since Then
Just the Tonic at The Mash House
4-28 August, 5pm
PWYW or £5 to guarantee entry

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