After 30 years in entertainment, Bernie Keith is making his Edinburgh Fringe debut with a show about reclaiming life for the middle-aged, unknown underachiever.
Hello. How are you today?
Do you really care or are you just asking because you feel you should? [We care! – Ed] If you’re really interested, I’m tired, have a slight ache from a bunion and am worried about the two grand bill for my car. If you’re going through the motions, I’m great”
At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?
Pretty much, I think. There’s a framework and a target so I’ll aim for that
Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your act in any way?
You mean Dion Dublin hosting Homes Under The Hammer, right? Who saw that coming?! Shocker
Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?
My manager and good mate Rob. He’s leaving me after the first week. I’m not sure this is proof of long-term commitment
Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?
Larry Dean at Monkey Barrel, Scott Gibson at The Gilded Balloon and Barry Cryer on the comedy altar
Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?
Living a whole new adventure and Jenners tea room
What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016 (mine was Wogan)?
George Michael – same age yet he’d achieved so much except, it seems, lasting happiness.
Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it.
I only have two irrational fears in life (well, 3 if you count my fear of irrationality which is why this bit is so difficult to write): bridges and balloons. The last time I was in Edinburgh I was stuck at the apex of the Forth Road Bridge for 45 minutes. And now I’m playing the Gilded Balloon. If I survive, I shall view the festival as therapy.
Bernie Keith: Life Without Sat Nav
Gilded Balloon Teviot
2-27 Aug, 8.45pm