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Hari Sriskantha: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

Hari-Sriskantha edinburgh fringe

A debut hour about happiness from a 2014 BBC Radio New Comedy Award finalist and a 2012 Chortle Student Comedy Award finalist.

Hello. How are you today?

I’m good, thanks! I’m definitely not freaking out about the Fringe and/or apocalypse by artificial intelligence. How are you?

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

I deliberately made my blurb vague this year, and went with: ‘a stand-up show about happiness’. So I was going to say ‘it matches pretty closely’, but I literally just realised that the show is technically about unhappiness, and has more than just stand-up. Next year I’ll just go for: ‘a show’.

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

I have one joke about Donald Trump.

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

I used to live in Edinburgh, so I’ll be living with a number of generous friends who still live there. They will help me survive by literally providing shelter. I’ll help them survive by moving on to the next friend before I get too annoying.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?


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

All the things I miss from living there, like old friends, cleaner air, and that guy on the bagpipes who only knows Amazing Grace. Also: crepes from a crepe van.

What celebrity death hit you hardest in 2016?

David Bowie. But only because I told my cousin when it happened and she said: ‘Don’t joke about that!’ and then punched me.

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

My all-time favourite joke that I’ve written only works when written down, so here it is: ‘I was struggling to make friends, so I bought a book called How to Make People Like You. It was a complete rip-off… turns out it was all about cloning.’

If you liked that joke, please come to my show. If you did not like that joke, it’s not actually in the show, so please come anyway.

Hari Sriskantha: Clown Atlas
The Counting House
3-27 Aug, 4.45pm

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