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Rob Cawsey: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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Unhinged physical comedy on dating, sex and trying to find love.

Hello. How are you today?

I’m good thanks. Just staring at my calendar watching July tick by as Edinburgh comes hurtling towards me.

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

It’s surprisingly accurate. In the way that it’s so vague the show could be about almost anything and it would still be extremely accurate. Actually it started off as a show about dating and that’s still what you’re getting.

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

I had to scrap my show idea “In Europe with Hilary”, so decided to go for the subjects of dating and finding love instead.

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

I’m sharing a house with several comedians who are all doing solo shows, which sounds like hell on earth but I’m sure every now and again it might be nice.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Jon Pointing and Kat Bond. Also Wild Bore at the Traverse and excited to see Figs in Wigs show again too.

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

Mainly I’m looking forward to starting smoking again and drinking every night for a month. Oh and looking forward to my anxiety coming back, I’ve really missed that.

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

George Michael. Apart from loving his music, what he stood for as an artist has been a big influence on me when writing this show. I was also pretty cut up over Denise Robertson from This Morning.

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

Lately I’ve been killing moths in my room because they are slowly eating my nice clothes, which makes me sad. Not just a few, loads. Maybe even hundreds. My room is potentially full of the ghosts of dead moths. If my Edinburgh doesn’t go great I think it will be because of the bad karma I’ve given myself by the genocide I’m causing to the moth community. I’m sorry. Please come and see my show.

Rob Cawsey: Just Cruising
Banshee Labyrinth
5-27 Aug, 11pm

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