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Maddy Anholt: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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Character comedian Maddy Anholt returns with a new hour that delves into her surreal and sparkly world of outlandish characters.


How are you today?

Fire. (fire emoji, fire emoji, fire emoji)

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

Yeah, pretty closely. I had the idea for my show in December and I’ve been doing rough work-in-progresses since January so I feel I haven’t changed the loose framework too dramatically. I definitely gave myself time this year, before the blurb was due, to know an outline. I’ve learnt to keep the blurb as vague as possible so it gives me room to change. I once went up to the Fringe with a show billed to be a character hour that ended up having no characters in at all….

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

I would say the events of 2017 have taken over my mind now. We’ve had a lot this year already. 2016 was The Year of Celebrity Deaths. But certainly the vague ideas I had back in December 2016 for a show were spurred from events in 2016, but it’s been quite a 2017 so far. Good and bad. Not far enough in yet to give 2017 a title. Hopefully – The Year I Nail It

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

I actually fell upon a flat last year last minute that I’m going back to this year. It’s in Leith which is the perfect distance – means you can get away from the Festival when you need a break and it’ll force you to walk 20 minutes back – I appreciate that after a share bowl of nachos and three gin and tonics in The Loft.

I’m sharing with a guy who works at box office so I can really get the ins and outs of how well, or badly my show is selling. I thought that was great until I got box office reports at 2am.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Looking forward to seeing Hardeep Singh Kohli’s new show, Alternative, Fact, Bilal Zafar, Suzi Ruffell, Tiff Stevenson and many, many more.

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

It sounds strange but doing a show everyday. I’m at my best when I’m really busy so I like the work you have to put in to Edinburgh. (I know… be careful what you wish for.)

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

Bowie because I grew up listening to him, I loved his eccentricity, the way he could change himself to be anything he wanted; that really inspired me. Then I moved to Brixton, where he was born. The tributes in Brixton were incredible. What a legend.

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

Ok so let me use this space to give you the Top 5 Reasons You Should Come to Herselves:

1. No politics. Herselves is an hour of escapist, eccentric entertainment – there’ll be no ramming politics down ya throat, just sit back and enjoy.
2. It’s weird. I’ve put characters in my show I’ve worked on for years but always thought they were too surreal to use, like my own Inner Child. This year I figured it was do or die.
3. You will enjoy a percentage of the show. I’ve purposely split the show up into takeaway sections so there’s guaranteed to be something you’ll laff at.
4. You won’t get picked on... unless you want to be. That’s pretty self-explanatory.
5. It’s been nominated. Yeah, sorry I’ll just slyly slip this in – Herselves was nominated ‘Best New Show’ at Leicester Comedy Festival earlier this year so it must be aite.


Maddy Anholt: Herselves
Underbelly Med Quad
3-27 Aug, 1.30pm
£6.50 – £9.50

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