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Steve Bugeja: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

Steve Bugeja edinburgh fringe

The true story of Steve Bugeja’s summer in 2009 working at a kids camp in America.


Hello. How are you today?

I’m good thanks, but I have just caught up on three episodes of Love Island back to back, feeling a bit woozy.

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

Fortunately I decided on my show content ages ago, so the blurb is bang on. It’s a story about me working on a summer camp in America when I was 19. Would be very weird if I was that specific in the blurb and then didn’t mention it at all in the show.

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

The story is set in 2009, so no not really. 2009 was a happier time, Barack Obama had just been elected president, the Black Eyed Peas song ‘I gotta feeling’ wasn’t annoying yet and Brexit wasn’t even a word.

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

I am sharing with fellow comedians Brennan Reece, Chris Washington and Rachel Fairburn. They are all lovely people and fantastic stand-ups. I think the flat will be good because none of us will talk too much about the festival once we’re in the flat, there’s nothing worse than getting in from your show, and having to answer loads of questions about how it went. We’ve got a proper lounge for the first time this year which is exciting, I think someone is bringing fifa. Can’t wait.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

I’ve done a few previews with Ahir Shah and he’s got an excellent show already, so will be good to see how that turns out. Also excited to see Phil Wang and of course Sarah Kendall, she has been my favourite show the past three years.

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

I’m going to join the gym this year. It’s got a swimming pool, it’s going to be great.

* I said this last year, and didn’t even enter the gym once to enquire about joining.

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

Probably Victoria Wood. I grew up watching Dinnerladies on a Friday night with my mum, it was one of the first sitcoms I actually understood. She was an incredibly talented stand-up too, I was watching a few of her clips the other day, so so funny, and it hasn’t dated at all.

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

Please come to my show, I’ve been working on it for ages and I’m very proud of it. Also I’m obsessed with Love Island, what’s the deal with Mike? He’s such a prick, why do girls go for guys who are obviously knobheads? Love Marcel. Top bloke.


Steve Bugeja: Summer Camp
The Tron
2-27 Aug, 5pm
£6-£8/PWYW

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