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Matt Richardson: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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Young comic Matt finally uses this year’s Edinburgh show to tell audiences all about a strange few years where he has gone from interviewing millionaire dogs in LA to having his phone nicked by Kate Moss.


Hello. How are you today?

Hello! I’m good, thanks for asking. You never get asked in an interview. Good thing you caught me on a good day, because I would have answered honestly on a terrible one.

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

Pretty closely. The show is all about my life and the strange things that have happened, so that’s as close as my blurb got. The story about Kate Moss didn’t make the final show, though.

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

Not at all. I’m not one to talk politics so coming to my show is a blessed relief from the horrors of the world, and you can laugh at the horrors of my life.

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

There’s only two of us in the flat this year. Angela Barnes and myself. She’s my oldest friend in comedy and we did a two hander together in 2012. We are going swimming at the pool across the road and I think we’ll just have a moan every morning over our cornflakes.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Angela’s show. I love watching her stand-up and I feel really proud to see her progress further and further. Phil Elis, who is mental and amazing. Mat Ewins who is even more mental and amazing.

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

The rain, the self doubt and the debt. Not really. I’m excited to do my show every day and I’m really proud of it. Other than that and watching stuff, I guess there’s a great Italian cafe on George IV bridge.

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

Caroline Aherne. She had so much more to give and its terrifying when people die tragically young.

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

This is a level of pressure I wasn’t expecting. My show is about all the gay erotic fiction that’s been written about myself and Harry Styles on the internet. I think that’s important to say. I will be reading it out dramatically. Please come. If no one comes, then I’m just reading it for my own pleasure.


Matt Richardson: Slash
Gilded Balloon Teviot
2-27 Aug, 9.30pm
£10-£12

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