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Nazeem Hussain: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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Nazeem explores his love/not-so-love relationship with a planet fraught with mistrust.


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

Look, the programme blurb is written well before the show is, but it is intended to be sufficiently broad in it’s description so that the actual show isn’t too much of a departure from the publicity material. Basically, if you come to the show based on the blurb, you won’t be entirely disappointed.

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

Yes. The time my mum found a dead man in a toilet of a pub has affected my comedy (in that it’s in the show). Also yes, Trump gets a mention (I was at a Trump rally the night before he got elected).

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

Anne Edmonds, Tom Ballard and Nath Valvo are my flatmates. We will come home each night and take it in turns to vent about our shows, and fliering and hecklers, and jokes that fell flat. Whoever stays silent will likely have had an awesome show, and the rest of us will proceed to direct our rage at that person for not enjoining the hate-fest.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Anne Edmonds, Tom Ballard and Nath Valvo – because we are flatmates, and we care about each other. Also they’re incredibly talented comedians.

I’m also looking forward to seeing Rhys Nicholson and Jason Byrne. Oh, and Urzila Carlson – she’s going to tear the festival apart.

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

Riding a bike around town and accidentally getting fit. Also, I think I’m actually going to go to the military parade thing. I’ve had enough of hearing it, and about it, I need to see it.

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

Prince.

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

Please come to my show. Please come to my show. Please come to my show. I’ll buy you dinner. Please come to my show. Please come to my show. Please come to my show. Please come to my show. Please come to my show. I’ll buy you dinner. Please come to my show.


Nazeem Hussain – Hussain In The Membrane
Assembly George Square Studios
2-27 Aug, 8pm
£11-£12.50

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