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John Robins: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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Along with co-host Elis James, John Robins has turned Radio X into essential listening at the weekend over the past few years, building a cult following who like to keep it session and promote the boundless possibilities of email.

The duo have also gained huge respect for openly discussing mental health on their show in a compassionate and funny way, and undoubtedly these areas will be touched on in a show that comes months after the break-up of a long-term relationship.


Hello. How are you today?

Hello, It is a Tuesday morning in June and I’m in bed. I have a rare day off and am about to fill up my beer fridge before tacking the roses in my garden which have gone absolutely APESHIT.

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

I would say 100%

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

I would say 100%

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

I am sharing a flat with George Egg, Matt Ewins and George Rigden. George Egg is one of my dearest friends and one of the kindest, most generous people I have ever met. He’s a superb cook too and always makes things for everyone to eat. We have a thing we call ‘The Beer Tasters Guild’ where we both try four or five beers in the flat after our shows. It might be the best thing in the world. We also can talk almost entirely in Partridge quotes. Ewins is a right laugh, his show from last year absolutely floored me, so, so funny. He’s also uniquely at odds with the world and I enjoy hearing about his scrapes. And Rigden? Did noooo get an agenda

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Ewins and Egg obvs. Egg is doing a show where he creates a three course meal using builders tools, I’ve seen his set and it looks so cool. To be honest I haven’t got a brochure yet so I don’t know who’s up. I see a lot of shows in their preview form before the festival, which I find really interesting, seeing how people work things out. But I do hope to see David Trent, Johnny Pelham, Ivo Graham, Suzi Ruffle and many others. My friend Johnny White is doing a show too, it’s called Pigeons and I saw a preview in Mach, he has an absolutely unique mind and I’ve not seen anything quite like it.

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

Pubs. Pints. Light cast through ale onto wood. Brass! Gleaming brass! Hour-long chats on barstools. Hiding in snugs with pints poured and pints to come. Friends, laughter, hops and silence.

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

The guy who wrote Watership Down

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

The rest is silence


John Robins: The Darkness of Robins
Pleasance Courtyard
2-27 Aug, 6.40pm
£13-£14

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