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Geoff Norcott: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

Geoff Norcott edinburgh fringe

Geoff Norcott is one the few right wing voices that you will hear among comedians heading to the Fringe this year.


Hello. How are you today?

I’m great. It’s the day of the 2017 general election and all the lefties on my Facebook feed are being their usual reasonable selves about the possibility of a Tory victory. ‘May the best party win’ you know what they’re like.

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

As politics is changing by the second, I focused on quotes and credits in case there was some kind of weird revolution. I can confirm that those nice things people said about me are still not lies. The title is the main thing ‘Right-Leaning but Well-Meaning’. I continue to lean to the right but am still craving the moral approval of those on the left.

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

To be honest the momentous effects of the last two weeks have. Political comedy is great but I find myself having to do more updates than an iPhone 7.

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

I’m sharing a flat with the one person at the festival who I know shares my political views: me.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Mendez Frangipan. He’s this Portuguese comic who has developed a totally new wing of politics ‘Bright wing’. He’s so clever no-one can understand where he’s coming from but it feels really cool when you recommend him.

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

The bit where I’m driving back down the A1 to my baby boy. A bit cringey but true. I love the Fringe but I don’t cry with joy when comics learn new words.

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

None of them really. I’d probably go with Roger Moore. He left behind stunning anecdotes. In the final count whatever work you’ve done or money you’ve made won’t count half as leaving behind stories people can tell about you.

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

I know most people attending the Fringe are left leaning types, but if you see me and then six of the usual political comics, you can at least claim to have addressed the whole ‘echo chamber’ issue. Even if you listen to a Richard Herring podcast throughout my show.


Geoff Norcott: Right Leaning But Well Meaning
Underbelly, George Sq
2-27 Aug, 6.40pm
£10.50-£11.50

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