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Athena Kugblenu: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

Athena Kugblenu edinburgh fringe

A debut hour from a comedian trying to find a new way to talk about politics, class, race and identity.


Hello. How are you today?

Great thank you. I performed a preview to 6 audience members last night and it’s been pouring with rain all day. I’ve never felt better prepared for the Edinburgh Fringe.

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

Almost exactly! Except I’m smiling in my pic. That betrays my deep concern about the direction humanity is taking.

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

Yes, politicians are out here being funnier than comedians. Theresa May has invented a new kind of joke where there is a punchline but no set up. The unexpected competition has meant I’ve had to find some new angles.

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

A man from St Albans who thinks he a dictator that’s going to colonise the UK and a comedian with Swiss, Sri Lankan, British, Muslim and Catholic heritage. (President Obonjo and Harun Musho’d)

We will all help by respecting each others’ condiments. I don’t like coming home to no salad cream.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Dane Baptiste, G.O.D, Fern Brady, Sean Mcgloughin, and a couple plays Talawa are taking up

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

I found an amazing Korean restaurant last year, I can’t stop thinking about it, I’m heading straight there on my first day.

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

I’m still gutted about George Michael.

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

If anyone in Edinburgh sells plantain can they make themselves known to me? Otherwise it’s going to be a long month for me. Also….my show is called KMT, Med Quad, Underbelly, every day except 14th, 5.50pm.


Athena Kugblenu:KMT
Underbelly Med Quad
2-27 Aug, 5.50pm
£10-£11

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