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Doug Anthony All Stars: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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Australian musical comedy Doug Antony All Stars made a triumphant return to the Fringe in 2016 more than two decades after causing chaos in Edinburgh the first time round.

“Wracked by illness and age”, the trio has realised there is no time to waste and are back again this year.

Hello. How are you today?

What a rude start. We’re Australian comedians, for Christ’s sake – how do you think we feel?

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

It matches exactly. (Though our spelling and grammar is sloppier.) Wood we lye too Ewe?

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

Something happened? Nobody told Australia.

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

We share with the same group of backpackers everywhere we go. They follow us around the globe, so we let some of them share our lodgings. There’ll be a steady flow of Stout and brown sauce to maintain morale. And dollops of Canestan to reduce levels of yeast.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Jerry Sadowitz – the grand master of fearless comic combat. His belt is very black.
Alice Fraser – she rules, often benignly.
Trevor Feelgood – kill for a ticket before it kills you.
Al Murray – he’s like a true-blue Aussie, without the drinking problem

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

Not so great shows. It makes us feel more confident.

Climbing Arthur’s Seat, gazing at the amazing vista and saying, ‘It’s not a patch on Wagga Wagga.’

Also, we like fighting with the locals. They aren’t so tough.

Finally, we like Scottish hecklers. We’ve got no idea what they are saying so we just take it as a compliment.

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

In 2016, two DAAS members had sudden near-death experiences. And you dare ask that? We’ll deal with you people later. If we live that long.

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

Look, we’re angry old men in a hurry. We will not be held accountable for our actions. Stand clear or deal with the consequences. Hell hath no fury like three ageing Australians with mouths full of venom and handbags full of Anusol. [No dogs]

Doug Anthony All Stars: Near Death Experience
Pleasance Courtyard
2-27 Aug, 10pm

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