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Steve Bugeja: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview

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Winner of the BBC New Comedy Award, Steve Bugeja pretty much guarantees an early of quality stand-up and storytelling. His show is all about something now too! We don’t know what yet though.

Hello. How are you today?

I’m great thanks, just ate a slice of angel cake for the first time since I was 10.

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

Yes, I can’t wait. I love being up there and doing a show every day. I’ve got a handful of previews left to fix the bits that aren’t working and then we’re good to go.

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

I actually regret my programmed blurb a bit. I kept it vague because I didn’t know what my show was about, but now the show is actually about something, so it would have been good to put it in there.

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

I find making people feel sorry for me is quite effective. Pity is a strong emotion. Also the fact that it is FREE ENTRY (Well PWYW but who’s checking) should help.

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

I’m bunking with comedians Brennan Reece and Pete Otway. They are two of my best mates in comedy so I’m really looking forward to it. We’re quite good at not talking about comedy all the time, so it will be easier to escape the festival. Also I think Pete is bringing a Playstation which could be incredible. Potentially actually damaging to our shows.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Both Pete and Brennan’s look great. Also can’t wait to see Matt Forde’s show, what with all the political shenanigans going on at the moment his show will be amazing.

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

I always look forward to the crepes. I have about a crepe a day, which you just can’t get away with at non festival time.

Salt and sauce on your chips?

Yes please, ketchup in one corner, mayonnaise in the other, I’ll pick which one I want on a chip by chip basis.

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

The angel cake i just ate was very nice. But a little too sweet for my liking. I think my palate must have matured since I was 10. For other cutting edge observations like that please come to my show Unpronounceable at 17:00 every day. It’s FREE.

Steve Bugeja: Unpronounceable
Just the Tonic at The Tron
4-28 August,5pm
PWYW or £5-£7 to guarantee entry

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