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Carmen Lynch: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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Carmen Lynch makes her UK debut after a string of high profile slots on all the big U.S. late night shows.

Her blurb describes her show as “twisted, singular stand-up comedy, which frequently dips into the dark side”. Sounds good to us.

Hello. How are you today?

Today is great. In Calgary opening for John Mulaney, so what’s not to like? I’m very excited for the Fringe. I feel like I’ll need a Ritalin prescription though, just to stay focused.

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

I think it fits…I mean I hope people are aware the title is a play on my last name. But the material will range from giraffes to Jesus.

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

Of course. I’m American so I think you know what I’m talking about. Every day feels like the last right now. But it’s a huge motivator for getting things done.

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

Just me and my shadow. So I’ll be talking to her even more than usual.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

I’m always up for things I can’t do myself, so maybe singing? Dog tricks? Magic shows? Maybe I can get a psychic reading and hypnotized while I’m at it.

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

I’m going to have a bike so I look forward to getting lost in Scotland, as long as I find my way back by 4pm (showtime).

What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016?

George Michael. It’s strange because I hadn’t thought about him in years, but when he died it brought a lot of memories back. He was my first super huge gay crush.

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

I want to shoot some sketches while I’m out there. I may bring a few wigs. So if someone looks like me but you’re not sure if it’s me, it’s probably me.

Carmen Lynch: Lynched
The Counting House
3-27 Aug, 4pm

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