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Annie McGrath: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

Annie McGrath edinburgh fringe

Member of Twins and great deadpan performer in her own right, Annie returns with her second full solo hour.

Hello. How are you today?

Hello! Fine thanks. I’m fine. Everything’s fine.

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

We have a saying in my family: ‘keep your blurbs suitably vague’ and fortunately I’ve always lived my life with that in mind. My blurb is thus perfectly matched to the content of my show. That’s the first time I’ve used ‘thus’ in an interview.

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

I’m assuming you’re talking about my mum’s wedding? It was great thanks, a really lovely day. I did a speech at the wedding- biggest gig of my life!

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 Stuart Laws, James Acaster, Tom Allen, Joel Dommett, Steve Dunne, Nish Kumar, Amy Annette, David Trent & Paul Williams. Last year we had a communal chocolate bowl in the living room, which was the group’s responsibility to replenish whenever it got dangerously low. There’s talk of the same crazy antics this year.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

The people I’m living with are very funny (you might have heard of some of them?) so, their shows will be great. Other than that, I’m excited about seeing Fin Taylor, Mae Martin, Suzi Ruffell, Matt Winning and of course my twin brother, Jack Barry.

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

I’m looking forward to being able to focus on one show. Last year, I was in three different shows for the whole run… arguably too many shows! Also, I’m looking forward to joining a swimming pool for the month. Swimming helps keep me sane during the fringe… You can’t get flyered in a swimming pool.

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

Can I plug something? [You can! – Ed] I recently wrote a sketch called Anxiety Diet, produced by the amazing lads at Turtle Canyon Comedy. It stars some brilliant people: Holly Burn, Brett Goldstein, Gabby Best, Phil Wang AND ME. The sketch is part of Turtle Canyon’s big summer launch, which I would highly recommend. They are so ahead of the times that one of the sketches on there is filmed in 360 virtual reality. Say whaaaaaaa?!

Annie McGrath: Ambivert
The Mash House
2-27 Aug, 6.20pm

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