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Imran Yusuf: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 interview

Imran Yusuf is sharing a flat with an international cellist this year.

Hello. How are you today?

Good, I am about to fly to Hong Kong and looking forward to it!

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

Quite accurately, along with the usual schtick of telling proper jokes is an introspection into the kind of narrative I have cultivated for myself in the 13 years or so I’ve been in comedy.

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

I am staying with someone who lives in Edinburgh and is an international cellist, I’m sure the music will be soothing after a long day doing 60 mins of self-indulgent propaganda. Also, I’ll be hanging out with Mickey Sharma and Aatif Nawaz in an exclusive Urdu-only club.

Any shows you’re excited about seeing?

I hope Gamarjobat will be at the festival, they are pure unadulterated fun. I’ve worked with them in South Africa, seen them by chance on my birthday in Tokyo and they always crack me up.

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

To just spend the month developing as a comic and developing new ideas. It’s a great place to develop and have enthralling conversations with interesting people (when we’re not talking about ourselves and reviews).

The Fringe’s tagline this year is ‘Into The Unknown’. What do people not know about you?

I read a book a week, thanks to Kindle, which allows me to carry an entire library wherever I go.

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

I have seen behind the veil of life and it is divine beyond description. There’s something magic about heading towards your 40s, at 38 I started becoming aware of the patterns in life and the microcosmic behaviours in individuals that contribute to the macrocosmic reputations we inherit. Now I totally get what Gandhi-ji meant when he said “be the change you want to see in the world”.

Imran Yusuf: Saint, Sinner, Sufi
The Stand’s New Town Theatre
2-26 Aug, 5.30pm

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