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Matt Winning: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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One of the few comedians with a PhD in climate policy, Matt Winning warns of the dangers of climate change in this new hour.


Hello. How are you today?

Fragile. Emotional. I’m on my way back to London from a good friend’s wedding in Scotland. My brother and I just sang along with an entire James album in the car to Glasgow. Now I’m alone in silence on a train and an old lady is staring at me. I’m only back in London for a day to do 2 previews and then getting a train back to Scotland for the Fringe. This is how you’re supposed to feel after 2 weeks of the Fringe. Not before it.

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

Bang on. I’m not a liar pal.

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

I guess so. I discuss the impacts of Trump pulling out of the Paris Agreement which – although it happened this year – is a direct impact of him being elected in 2016.

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

I’m sharing a flat with Ham Adams, Susan Honk and sketch troupe The Old Cousins. It’ll be an absolute riot. Honk will come home every night at 4am with a different kettle. Adams will cook us all a 9 course tasting menus every last Thursday of each Tuesday and The Old Cousins will probably spend the whole time arguing about which of them plays Ban Ki Moon in each sketch.

Any shows you’re excited about seeing?

All the usual suspects. Plus some I didn’t see last year like James Meehan, Harriet Kemsley and Joey Page as well as newcomers like Michael Stranney and Evelyn Mok.

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

Watching The Usual Suspects and pretending to be a local so I can shout a posh sketch groups.

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

The death of the person who made Celebrity Deathmatch.

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

I’m doing a show about climate change this year as I have a PhD in climate policy and work for a University. (I still have a day job because I don’t have rich parents and even moreso because I’m not tough enough to survive on the live circuit or willing to be poor again since I already spent 9 years studying). You should all come see my show since it’s about a subject that affects literally everyone and is therefore far more important than anyone else’s show which will no doubt be all about that time something happened to them.


Matt Winning: Filibuster
The Mash House
2-27 Aug, 5pm
£5/PWYW

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