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Njambi McGrath: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

NJAMBI MCGRATH edinburgh fringe

A Kenyan-born UK resident, Njambi explores what life like in a hostile post-Brexit Britain for a British/African woman.

Hello. How are you today?

I am feeling nervous but exited because I have a preview tonight at Top Secret comedy club.

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

Since the blurb was written when the show was still very much in its infancy, it is slightly out. The show has taken a life of its own and the path is winding the more I work on it. I had to re-read the show blurb to make sure the blurb forms the back bone of the show.

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

Fundamentally so. My show is about being a black African/British woman in post Brexit Britain. I have to include the unease that immigrants feel. The issues of race and religion are never far away from the current climate.

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

I always bring my family with me – it’s the only way I can survive emotionally, otherwise it’s pretty lonely and difficult.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

I am hoping to see quirky shows that are thought provoking. I will also check out Sue Perkins.

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

I love dining out and the hullaballoo of the festival.

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

Prince for sure. To me he was like a god.

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

I have a dream. I have a dream that comedians will be judged by the quality of their jokes and talent alone and not their social status, colour and background. I have a dream where our panel shows will be representative line ups and not just the same old line up. Let us make it a meritocracy in practice and not just theory. I would also love to see everyone having a group hug.

Njambi McGrath: Breaking Black
The Counting House
3-26 Aug, 12.05pm

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