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Phoebe Walsh: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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One fourth of the sadly defunct Oyster Eyes (one of the greatest sketch acts we’ve ever seen) Phoebe is going it alone with a debut show about the struggles of living, working and finding true love in this post-truth world.

Hello. How are you today?

I’m existing, thank you.

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

I made my my blurb quite ubiquitous in content, it says some vague things about life, so it means I can say anything in the show really, but tonally it’s cohesive with my live stuff. Thank you.

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

My show looks at timeless problems like the purpose of life, loneliness and love, but specifically how technology helps and hinders us; so I think it’s inherently modern, but there’s nothing specifically about the death of Prince or Manuel from Faulty Towers. Thank you.

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

Australian comic Nick Coyle, he’s is an absolutely ideal person to be around at any time but especially, specifically at the fringe/ I hope it’ll be something like this (a video of his Edinburgh character of a governess) thank you.


Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Nick Coyle’s show will be funny AND spooky. Phil Dunning who I used to be in sketch group Oyster Eyes with, he’s the most instinctively funny person I know and his show is so unique and the only time I’m ever truly happy is when I’m watching him or Love Island. Phil Wang’s show is amazing, Tom Allen, Mae Martin, Rose Matafeo, Damien Slash, Giants, Johnny Really Really White and loads more actually. Thank you.

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

Compliments and kisses..and not necessarily in that order! (I’ll receive neither)

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

I’d like to say on record (is this the record?) that the only celebrity deaths I’ll genuinely be upset by will be Joni Mitchell, the historian Lucy Worsley and French and Saunders. I think I’d wear black like Queen Victoria for the remainder of my life if either of the latter died. Thank you.

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

Manners mean the world to me. Thank you.

Phoebe Walsh: I’ll Have What She’s Having
Pleasance Courtyard
2-27 Aug, 9.30pm

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