Swedish comedian Evelyn Mok explores first-generation guilt, intersectionality and adult virginity in her debut hour.
Hello. How are you today?
It’s coming up on 11AM and I’m still in bed! I am doing just fine.
At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?
Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your act in any way?
Hopefully it’s influenced the majority of comedians, I can’t see how not. For me personally, I feel it’s coming out in the topics I choose to approach which are more about first-generation experience, being a woman of colour and not of the norm in general.
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 Dylan Gott, Ben Fogg, Aatif Nawaz and newlyweds Harriet Kemsley and Bobby Mair known from Vice’s ‘Harriet and Bobby Get Married’. We are staying at the same place as last year, by the Playhouse in New Town, and crossing North Bridge every evening gave me a sense of leaving the festival in Old Town, which helped me switch off and really contributed to enjoying the festival a bit more.
Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?
Apart from all of my housemates shows and Fringe staples like James Acaster, Sean McLoughlin and Mae Martin, I am very excited to see James Adomian whom I’ve been a fan of for years, as well as Steen Raskapolous, Urzila Carlson, Stephen Bailey, Alasdair Beckett-King and Gein’s Family Giftshop.
Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?
FOOD. The morning breakfast haggis, the midday nachos at city cafe, the dinner-burger from Stock at the Underbelly and the midnight palmyra kebab. So unhealthy, and you can blame it all on the stress of the festival! CAN’T WAIT.
What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016 (mine was Wogan)?
Gene Wilder was tough. He was someone I grew up watching in comedies and really enjoyed. Stir Crazy is still one of the funniest films and I’ll put it on from time to time when I’m feeling blue and feel comforted.
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Evelyn Mok: Hymen Manoeuvre
2-27 Aug, 6pm