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Sara Barron: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 interview

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Host of the hit US storytelling show The Moth, Sara Barron delivers her debut stand-up hour. 

Hello. How are you today?

“Fine, thank you” is the proper and correct answer, however the more in depth answer is: mixed bag. On the one hand, I’m drinking a fig lemonade that I made, so I’m feeling pretty thrilled with myself. On the other hand, I’m in a pair of short shorts, and I’ve worn out the elastic waistband, and they’re therefore hanging unartfully around my middle. This doesn’t have me feeling great.

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

Very. It’s my debut hour, which means, in a way, I’ve had four years instead of one year to write it. Which means, in a way, I’ve had ample time to figure out what it is.

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

I’m a lady of a certain age despite the aforementioned debut hour. I will therefore be traveling with a husband and small child in tow and they will be my flatmates. In terms of survival, we’ve had various chats in which we remind ourselves that the headline for the month will be “MUMMY’S NEEDS ABOVE ALL ELSE.”

Any shows you’re excited about seeing?

Where even to begin? Steen Raskopoulos, Lou Sanders, Felicity Ward, Jordan Brookes, Sarah Keyworth.

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

I’ve been a stay-at-home mum for two-years. Childcare has been 80% on my shoulders and 20% on my husband’s, and I’m looking forward to the twenty-six days in which the percentages are flipped.

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

I can dance almost as well – and in exactly the same style – as a professional stripper.

I’m a magnificent typist.

My commute home involves (among other things) a 10-minute ride on a bus, and I tend to spend those minutes listening to terrible music. It’s my disgusting little treat to myself. Most recently, I chose “Too Little Too Late” by Jojo, which – if you don’t know that song – congratulations.

I’m bored of all the podcasts I currently subscribe to. Can you recommend me a good one please?

“Dear Joan and Jericha”. I want to say something less cliché than, “I can’t remember the last time something made me laugh so hard,” but that’s exactly it. I truly can’t remember.

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

“Polite conversation is rarely either.”

(Obviously, I didn’t come up with something so pithy. That, above, is my favorite Fran Lebowitz quote, and I use it to justify more than I should, probably, including my debut hour at Edinburgh.)

Sara Barron: For Worse
Just the Tonic @ The Tron
2-26 Aug, 3.40pm

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