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Ben Van Der Velde: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview

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Hello. How are you today?

Aloha. Feeling pretty perky and extraordinarily caffeinated.

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

Almost dead on the money, apart from the fact that my show currently has less words.

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

Cattle prods, tear gas, nipple clamps and kidnapping of their firstborn.

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

I’m sharing with one of my best mates, Paul Duncan McGarrity, who provides enveloping hugs, incredible head massages and enforcing Millican’s Law (no talking about gigs – superb or awful – after 11am the next day) with a rod of iron. Also sharing with Nick Hall who I hear performs a mean pedicure and Peter White – a tremendous Canadian act – who I assume is going to make all our shows three times funnier within our first day of living together as he’s a punchline machine.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

I cannot wait to see Every Brilliant Thing again – it blew me to joyously emotional pieces last year. I’ll also be off to see my usual Fringe Holy Trinity of Andrew Maxwell, Gavin Webster and Felicity Ward and have heard great things about Zoe Coombs-Marr from acts that did the festivals Down Under. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, there’s so much!

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

The smell of burnt hops hitting me as I step off the train, Arthur Smith’s late night tour of the Royal Mile, eating at The Outsider, the Meadows in the sunshine and clambering up Arthur’s Seat for sunrise on the last night.

Salt and sauce on your chips?

No thanks, just slather them in vinegar and pop a hefty saveloy on top.

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

Don’t forget to Vote Remain guys.

Ben Van Der Velde: Barbarians
The White Horse
6-28 Aug, 5.30pm

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