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Marcus Monroe: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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Marcus Monroe – a winner of Andy Kaufman Award for comic originality – brings comedy and juggling together in a high energy show.

Hello, How are you today?

Well, honestly I’m a little nervous. We are in rehearsal today and about to test out some of the new material and some of it is a bit dangerous. But other than that I’m doing alright.

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

I think it’s hard to write an attractive blurb on this show. It’s a comedy show mixed with a one man show mixed with a juggling show. The show starts as one man’s quest to become your favorite juggler, then the show quickly takes a turn. I don’t want to give too much away but it’s the most ridiculous show I’ve ever been a part of.

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

This show was completely different even a year ago. Let’s just say I hate Donald Trump more than anything and I make that clear. I also think it’s our job as comedians and artists to reflect our world and that should influence your art. But yeah, legalise weed and fuck Trump.

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

I’m sharing a flat with my amazing wife/company manager and Anna Aschliman who is our PA. I’ve been living with my wife for a few years and we’re good, but I’m totally losing sleep over sharing a flat with Anna. She is coeliac and has told me she snores and frequently sings incredibly off key Broadway musicals in the shower so I’ll need to invest in some headphones. She also sometimes sings to cheese, so we’ll see what happens…

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

I’m a huge Sam Simmons fan, I saw Death of a Sails-Man a few years ago and loved it. I love comedies, variety shows, weirdo off-beat type shit with nudity that usually can’t find a good theatre. Also, I plan on catching Julio Torres, Cameron Lynch, and the Reformed Whores.

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

I can’t wait to flyer for my show! I hear it’s a blast!!!! Flyer all damn day!!!!! And from what I’m told, people love taking the flyers!

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

Terry Wogan! He will be missed. I’ll tell you who I won’t miss Fidel Castro. I miss Garry Shandling; he was one of the greats. Gene Wilder hit me the hardest. He was from my hometown and loved candy.

The Rise and Fall of Marcus Monroe
Assembly George Sq
3-27 Aug, 3pm

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