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Aatif Nawaz: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

Aatif Nawaz

Muslim comic Aatif Nawaz returns to the Fringe with a late night show after two critically-acclaimed hours.

Hello. How are you today?

I’m doing great. How are you? [‘Very hot and tired, but thanks for asking’ – Ed]

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

It’s close. I was deliberately vague as I knew the last few months would shape the show more. But the title still fits. And the show’s still funny. So ultimately…that’s all that matters right? Right…? Hello…?

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

They did. When Pakistan become the number 1 team in test cricket, albeit for a brief 3 week period, after a long hard 7 year journey… I felt thrilled… inspired… moved… that was the big momentous event on 2016 you had in mind innit?

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

I’ll be honest. I’m not really sure who else is in the flat this year. I always stay at the same place. Creature of habit. Plus proximity to various 24 hour kebab shops that also serve deep fried mars bars. I suppose my flatmates will see me nipping out every other night and guilt me into not eating such disgustingly unhealthy food every night and ultimately save me from early onset diabetes.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

There are so many shows I’m excited about seeing that if I started listing them now you’d run out of bandwidth. You’d have to upgrade your webstorage package and your broadband contract. And I wouldn’t do that to you man. You’re good people Laugh Out London. You deserve more than that. So let’s just say

‘Yes. Lots.’ and leave it at that?

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

Walking 5-10 kilometres a day gets those ankles nice and toned. Plus my flat’s a five story walk-up with no lift. So anyone want to see a nicely toned ankle…you know where to go.

(Just to be clear, I mean my show…not my flat).

Also, it’s a great chance to catch up with friends. The Edinburgh Fringe is like a high school reunion. Except you all do the same thing. And you can go to Nandos after…

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

George Michael. Grew up listening to his music. Older was one of those albums I played on loop when I was a moody teenager. When I did my first comedy show in London, I wrote a parody of his song ‘FastLove’ called ‘Fast Food’. I sang it as a tribute to him at a BBC Comedy show in January this year. Got a bit emotional. Watch it. It’s on YouTube.

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

The Last Laugh is called The Last Laugh because it’s on at 11:15pm and may literally be The Last Laugh available to you. Also The Last Laugh may be my last foray at the Fringe for a while so The Last Laugh becomes a rather apt title don’t you think. Of course, I make well change my mind. I figure if the Prime Minister can do it, why can’t I? It’s The Last Laugh. The Last Laugh. The Last Laugh. The Last Laugh.

Aatif Nawaz: The Last Laugh
The Newsroom
3-27 Aug, 11.15pm

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