Egyptian-American comedian Maria moved countries and gave up her LA lifestyle for love.
Hello. How are you today?
I’m great! My birthday was this week and people really pretended to care, it was really nice!
At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?
It is exactly the same. I pretty much nailed it from the beginning.
Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your act in any way?
I did Trump material the night after he got elected, because I was in London during the election and up in the middle of the night with shoddy internet connection trying to follow it. Trump’s victories were being revealed to me in flashes like a strobe light in a haunted house. I needed to do a set and talk about it. But I soon went back to talking about myself.
Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?
It’s just going to be me in the flat, and that is how I will help me survive.
Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?
Evelyn Mok’s Hymen Maneuver. Evelyn is a joy and if you can’t tell from the title, she’s going to get pretty personal. Carmen Lynch’s Lynched. Carmen has the funniest perspective on life. She’s also the exact opposite of me in height.
Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?
Late night eating and hiking up Arthur’s Seat. I haven’t been to the top yet. I went up once, what I guess was the long way, and I was going and going and going and didn’t see it ever ending at the top. I was like “this is starting to feel metaphorical.”
What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016 (mine was Wogan)?
Hard to choose! The list of talent is almost as long as the Fringe program. But probably Garry Shandling and Carrie Fisher.
Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it.
This is too much freedom, I need boundaries please.
Maria Shehata: Wisdomless
2-27 Aug, 8.20pm