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Harriet Kemsley: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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Harriet is bad at doing a lot of life’s simple tasks, but she is among the best at finding the funny in those failings and creating Edinburgh shows of real heart and humour.


Hello. How are you today?

I’m alright thank you boys. I’m currently on a ferry back from Calais. It really makes you rethink Brexit being a bad thing.

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

I can confirm that it is definitely still me that is performing the show.

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

I think everyone’s just going to be about 63% angrier this year.

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

I will be with my new husband Bobby Mair and some other excellent people. Me and Bobby will help each other survive the month by avoiding each other at all costs.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Oh my god I haven’t even looked at the programme. But Evelyn Mok’s doing her first show so I am excited to see that. The co host of my podcast WHY IS HARRIET CRYING? and BFF Sunil Patel’s back and got some great stuff about looking like a giant baby which I really relate to.

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

Stuart Laws and Annie McGrath who are both very funny comedians with new shows gave us a voucher for the vegetarian restaurant David Banns as a wedding present. Really looking forward to having a break from the fringe, spending some quality time with my husband and sobbing into some silken tofu.

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

They have all affected me deeply. I spent a lot of last year pretending to know David Bowie and Princes back catalogues better than I do.

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

No Mum I haven’t written my thank you letters yet.


Harriet Kemsley: Bad At Doing
The Caves
3-27 Aug, 9pm
PWYW/£5 advance

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