A debut show from a hotly tipped young comic who is embracing a lot of changes in his life.
Hello. How are you today?
I am well, thank you. Currently on a train to London, heading to a meeting. I’ve got my laptop, a hot cup of coffee and a table seat with a working plug socket. I’m about as content as can be!
At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?
My blurb pitches my show as a reflective piece about my recent transitions in life, including qualifying as a doctor and leaving home in London to make a new start in Birmingham, and my show does exactly that! I’m very pleased with how it’s coming along. Previews have been encouraging and I’m hoping I can carry the buzz onwards and make a strong start to the festival.
Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your act in any way?
I touch lightly on the subjects of Brexit and Trump, as I’m sure a lot of comics will this festival. Although the political events of 2017 are shaping up to be ripe for comedy as well. I’ve never seen myself as a political comic, but I do enjoy political comedy, and all the talking points will mean that this year’s political shows will be spoilt for choice! This will be a big year for political comedy at the fringe.
Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?
This year I’m sharing a flat with James Loveridge, Luke Capasso, Jenny Collier and Tamar Broadbent.
We all have very distinct comedy styles, so I think they’ll be a great group to bounce ideas off. It could also mean none of us are able to relate to each other, and so are unable to offer any kind of support whatsoever. But hey, that’s why doors have locks and laptops have netflix, right?
Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?
A lot of my friends are making their debuts this year, including Evelyn Mok and Darren Harriott. I’ve enjoyed gigging with them all year, so I’m excited to see what they bring to the table. I’m expecting something special!
Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?
Last time I took a show to the festival (a 30 minute work-in-progress show in 2014), I spent two weeks in a hostel opposite the Three Sisters. Which meant 2 weeks of no sleep. This year I’m in an actual house away from the thick of it. So I’m looking forward to having the luxury of a bit of peace and quiet when I want it!
What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016 (mine was Wogan)?
Probably Mohammed Ali. Prince as a close second. Bowie came from my home town of Beckenham, but I have to admit, I started to listen to his stuff after he passed away, so can’t jump on that bandwagon.
Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it.
Don’t let the promotional material for ‘Open Arms’ mislead you- the show will NOT be performed by a hipster 3 year old. It will instead be performed by a 26 year old male with a below-average fashion sense. (Sorry to disappoint. Artistically, we thought it was better to head in this direction. Also, the law and stuff).
Kwame Asante: Open Arms
2-27 Aug, 6.45pm