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Yianni Agisilaou: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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 A show about men, women and society’s double standards.

Hello. How are you today?

I’m well.  I just cooked dolmades whilst drinking some red wine so that might account for the warm fuzzy feeling in my tummy.

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

Precisely.  It’s one of the benefits of doing a show that you’ve done at five Australian festivals earlier in the year.

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

The passing of comet 144P/Kushida near Earth?  Well, although it was momentous on a cosmic level (it only passes near Earth once a decade), I don’t do much material about it.  I find people want more Trump and Brexit stuff.  I’ve got a few jokes on that.

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 my girlfriend. We’ll support each other using the traditional method of one part hugs and equal parts cooking each other meals.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Yes. Mark Watson’s Festival of Bad Ideas.  It’s the sort of thing the Fringe should be about.

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

I’m taking all of the Mondays off!  This is the sort of riddle you solve after 15 years of coming to the Fringe.

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

Mohammed Ali.  So many who died had talent but that man had principle and passion.  Also, for a sportsman, he was a poet.  The more I learned about him, the more I wished I was older so I’d been around to live through his story as it happened.

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

If you reversed the headlines that you read in the news each day, every day’s headline would be ’99.9% of people are pretty alright’. It’s important not to forget that.

Yianni Agisilaou: Pockets of Equality
Banshee Labyrinth
5-27 Aug, 2pm

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