Eddie Izzard is a fan of this Italian comedian who returns to the Fringe with a brand-new show about life outside your comfort zone.
Hello. How are you today?
I’m fine today, thanks. I’m working hard on my show so I’ll also be fine when the audience see it.
At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?
I would say 80%. I would leave 20% because of updates in the news, improvements and improvisations, which are three factors that affect life in general, not just shows.
Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your act in any way?
Sure. I love history and we are living in an historical era. I’m not talking only about the Trump election or the Brexit referendum: there are a lot of common phenomena like populism and political activism that are affecting people’s lives all around the world. I’m very lucky to be a stand-up comedian now, because it feels good to tell the audience my point of view about what’s going on.
Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?
I am sharing with another comedian, Loyiso Gola. We spent a few days in the same house during the last Fringe. It’s good to share this experience with another comedian, because you live the same high and lows and it helps a lot. Obviously I’m the only one allowed to cook pasta in the house. It goes without saying…
Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical. I really love that show. Then I have many friends doing the Fringe this year so I can’t wait to see a lot of their acts. No, that’s a lie: when you are doing the Fringe there is so little time to think about other people’s shows. You just meet your friends at night, when you are all exhausted, everyone’s talking but no one is really listening.
Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?
I’ve been to Edinburgh 7 or 8 times and I barely left the Old Town area. This year I would love to see the rest of Scotland. They say that the islands are magic. I want to go where they make whiskey and understand why the Scottish ones are so good.
What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016 (mine was Wogan)?
Leonard Cohen. When we lose people who can make poetry out of life it’s an irreparable damage for all of us, we lose so many beautiful words. It made me so sad.
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If you have still not planned your trip to Edinburgh, do it right now: the Fringe will change your life, I promise. You will witness an explosion of arts that will make you understand how many good things humanity can do.
Francesco De Carlo: Comfort Zone
Underbelly George Square
2-28 Aug, 9.30pm