A certified Bikram Yoga instructor, Abigoliah dissects mankind’s relationship with wellness and happiness.
Hello. How are you today?
I’m good. I’m up drinking coffee with real cream in it like a fancy lady and this afternoon I’m taking my brother to see Stonehenge. He’s never been to the UK before so we’re packing in all the must-sees. 😉
At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?
It’s pretty damn close. Closer than it’s been in other years. I took last year off so I’ve had some time to really think about what I want to talk about this year. I’m back and I feel fresh and ready to talk about my story!
Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your act in any way?
Well, I’m American so when Trump was elected I cried. I’m also asked to explain why he was elected on a weekly basis by someone in the British public. This is usually in a pub after I’ve had a few and to be honest I’m not a political scientist at the best of times. So stop asking me. I can’t speak for the Americans I don’t agree with. (And shouldn’t speak for the ones I agree with for that matter. Again, not a political scientist or pundit.)
Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?
I’m living with Pierre Novellie, Garrett Millerick (I lived with them last year). And Phil Wang and Glenn Moore. Last year in the middle of the festival Garrett made the house bolognese for dinner and it was nice to sit down and have a real meal. I made my Mom’s chicken salad for the house to eat for lunch as they wished. No one did eat it but they commented on how “American ” it was. The first ingredient is chicken; the second is mayonnaise. It’s the best tasting thing in the world.
Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?
I always fly by the seat of my pants when it comes to seeing shows. I never get to see as much as I want but I usually make my plans day-to-day. So I don’t know yet! It’ll be a surprise.
Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?
I host Spank! at the Underbelly and every Thursday after the show they have the Doddy and Rave. Best dance party in the festival.
What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016 (mine was Wogan)?
Robin William, August 11, 2014. I was about to walk on stage at the Fringe to do a set as someone told me. Still gutted over it.
Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it.
Take a chance. Walk up to a venue and ask the box office staff, “What’s good that starts soon?” You deserve a surprise. 😉
Abigoliah Schamaun: Namaste, Bitches
3-27 Aug, 7.40pm