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Princes of Main: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview


An exciting young sketch group that promises the “biggest, baddest, dumbest New Year’s Eve party. Ever. In August.”

Hello. How are you today?


Well, swelling. Swollen. Very full, we had Vietnamese last night. We’re replete little fat boys.

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

A sweet 90% match. We purposely kept it nice and vague when we wrote it in February so the various fluctuations that have occurred in the show’s content are still advertised legit-ly. The promotional photos though? Unrecognisable. Alex is about three feet taller, Jamie has more than the average number of eyes and Ben is now very ugly.

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

Yes! Our whole show is about waving goodbye to the year because it’s been such a uniformly epic bummer.

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

We’re sharing with each other, our serene and delicious techie Jake Wood and the fab stand-up Lulu Popplewell. There’s going to be a lot of team-building exercises (e.g. murder mysteries, human pyramids, Twister) and tequila (e.g. tequila).

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Oooo tons. Pierre Novellie, Britney, Goose, Chris Betts, Geins…

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

The views, the brisk wind, and the haute cuisine at Snax. Sorry, ‘hot’ cuisine.

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

Bowie was our boy. Real spicy tears were shed.

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

Fun (?) Fact: ‘Princes of Main’ is actually a quote from the John Irving novel The Cider House Rules: ‘Goodnight you princes of Maine, you kings of New England’. We stole it from there because we’re pretentious and took the ‘e’ off because it looked cool. None of us has any royal blood or is from the state of Maine or even the US at all. Jamie has a transatlantic accent because he went to international school, but that’s the closest we come. And actually he’s from Scotland originally so his accent is a weird melee that makes him sound a bit like a satnav. As a name, ‘Princes of Main’ means literally nothing but does sound quite fun. Like sketch comedy.

Princes of Main: New Year’s Eve
Bedlam Theatre
2-27 Aug, 9.30pm

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