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Sunil Patel: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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A former Chortle Best Newcomer nominee and BBC New Comedy Award finalist takes his second full hour to the Fringe.

Hello. How are you today?

​Yeah great thanks. I’ve been up since 6am doing nothing, but feeling productive.​

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

​The deliberately vague programme blurb has given me much leeway to talk about whatever I want in the show.​ ​As a result it is about how I’ve started playing Badminton.​

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

​Yes they’ve made me refrain from talking about the momentous acts of 2016 because they’re so momentous I can’t actually get a grip of them. Sometimes it’s best being blind in this sun isn’t it?​

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

​Sketch duo Next Best Thing, and stand-ups Dave Green and Benji Waterstones. I hope we’ll be there for each other, mainly to spoon warm soup into each other’s mouths when at a low ebb.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

I haven’t got round to seeing Jordan Brookes in previews yet so I’d like to see what funny faces he’s pulling this year.

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

​I’m going to have as many milkshakes as possible, sit outside that coffee shop by the Meadows staring blankly at the street, and maybe buy a poncho.

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

​There were loads weren’t there? It’s all very sad and everything but I still haven’t recovered from the deaths of Biggie and Tupac and that was ages ago.​

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

This is what I’m reading on Wikipedia at the moment:

Tortoises are shielded from predators by a shell. The top part of the shell is the carapace, the underside is the plastron, and the two are connected by the bridge. The carapace is fused to both the vertebrae and ribcage, and tortoises are unique among vertebrates in that the pectoral and pelvic girdles are inside the ribcage rather than outside.

Sunil Patel: Titan
The Counting House
2-27 Aug, 3.35pm

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