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Phil Ellis: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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This panel prize winner returns with both the acclaimed kids show that adults will also enjoy, Funz and Gamez, and a solo show where he explains that the reason you haven’t seen him on TV in recent years is that he has been cryogenically frozen.


Hello. How are you today?

I woke up again today, so I’m disappointed.

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

They’re both vague so at the moment they’re pretty accurate. I tend to focus on a good poster first and then work my way back to a passable show. Annoyingly, I think these are both actually quite good shows. You live and learn.

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

Why? What happened? I’m still reeling from the news that we’re no longer connected to Africa.

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

I stay in the same flat every year with the same bloody awful people. Peter Brush, Johnny Pelham and Carl Hutchinson. Last year I saw Johnny (an exceptional comedian I must admit) twice, which was perfect for me as I find the guy unbearable. He washes his feet in the toilet bowl, I swear to God this is true. I remember getting home at 2am one morning (legend) and there he was, just flapping them around in the bowl as he flushed and flushed. He had the door open throughout the whole ordeal, I think he was getting off on being watched. Then he gleefully had a shit in front of me but I left half way through that to open a window.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Really looking forward to watching all of the free fringe package shows run by acts who want to be in Edinburgh and tell drunk people in bars that they’re a comic but can’t actually be arsed to do an hour on their own. You have to respect that. Seriously though, hahaha, you have to laugh don’t you? Looking forward to saying I’m going to see Matt Ewins, Fin Taylor, Pat Cahill, Rachel Fairburn, John Hastings, Lou Conran, Jenny Collier, Seymour Mace, Michael Legge, James Meehan and Will Duggan.

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

Finding a wife and attempting and failing (again) to dig up Greyfriar Bobby’s corpse.

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

Wogan’s dead? What an awful way to find out. Well that one now. It was Rick Parfitt but Wogan may have just pipped him to the post. Him and Shania Twain anyway.

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

My Plenty of fish profile:

Hey, I’m Phil. I’m a fun loving, caring, upbeat kind of guy. Love nights in and nights out or nights out and then in or even nights in and then out for a bit and then back in again. Looking for a nice (optional) local (essential as I no longer have a car thanks to my ex wife) girl (negotiable). I’m a big fan of all danger sports such as climbing without a harness, falling without one, skydiving and darts. I work well as an individual or as part of a team and my main weakness would have to be that I’m a perfektionist. Please don’t let me spend Christmas alone again staring at the oven.


Funz and Games: Flogging a Dead Horze
The Community Project
2-27 Aug, 1.30pm
£6/£8.50

Phil Ellis Has Been on Ice
The Mash House
2-27 Aug, 7.40pm
£5/PWYW

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