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Pierre Novellie: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

pierre novellie edinburgh fringe

This South African does observational comedy for people who think they hate observational comedy, mixed with anecdotes and reasonable whimsy.


Hello. How are you today?

I’m good! I made bacon and eggs for myself and now I regret it.

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

Lucky for me, all my blurb promises is a good stand up show for people who like stand up. So… it pretty much matches… I hope.

Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your act in any way?

Brexit and Trump have both reduced my faith in the idea of a stable future, however they have retroactively justified all the time I spent as a youth learning marksmanship and firearms skills. In terms of my act, they have made audiences far more tetchy and sensitive.

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

I’m with the beautiful Garrett Millerick, Abigoliah Schamaun, Phil Wang and Glen Moore – I’m planning on waking them every morning with soothing didgeridoo music and a national anthem. Not “the” national anthem, “a” national anthem.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Evelyn Mok, Matt Ewins, Fin Taylor, Lazy Susan, Phil Wang and Ed Night are all must-see.

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

Haggis! My yearly month of haggis – I know I could buy it in London somewhere but it’s more special to leave it to one month a year.

What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016 (mine was Wogan)?

Bowie! I didn’t think he could die – I assumed one day he’d just “go”, maybe like the transporter effect in the old star wars.

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

Why so many people chew with their mouths open, or loudly? Is it out of ignorance, or perhaps habit? I imagine it is because they are the children of loud, open-mouth chewers and they were simply never taught that it’s a horrific thing to impose on other people. Maybe they learned it from those disgusting eating noises they dub over the Simpsons when they eat? Who knows.


Pierre Novellie
Pleasance Courtyard
3-27 Aug, 9.45pm
£7.50-£10

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