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Stuart Black: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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Hello. How are you today?

Let me put it this way: As I write this, it’s the 8th June. The polling stations will close soon. Then… Who knows. You (the reader from the future) are in a different country to me. Could be going well, or very bad. When I think about how Brexit and Trump turned out, I’m taking nothing for granted… In other words: NERVOUS.

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

Spot on at the moment. The world is f*cked, but some things are still funny. Let’s have a laugh.

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

It’s the same as it was, but with a broken heart.

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

After thirteen years in comedy I have three rules: No flat sharing. Never share a bottle of water with a seven-year old who’s been eating crisps. And no flat sharing! I seriously need my own space. Even if that means I have to rent a drainpipe the other side of Leith.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Tiff Stevenson’s show called Bombshell, and Robert White’s show called InstruMental. Both at the Gilded Balloon.

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

Getting coffee from Black Medicine.

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

They were all sad, of course, but compared to the political changes last year and the terrorist attacks this year, I can’t say any of them matter to me. Let’s be clear: Britain is out of Europe, there’s an actual idiot in the White House, terrorism is on the rise. You could bring all those people back and we’re still in trouble.

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

The time now, for me, is 22:30. Votes are being counted; people on twitter are getting all excited about the exit poll. I say calm down people! It ain’t over till it’s over. You (the reader from the future) have me at a disadvantage. Tell me… are we f*cked?

Stuart Black: It’s The End Of The World As We Know It
The Tron
3-27 Aug, 11.40pm

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