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Charlie Partridge: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 interview

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Charlie Partridge’s hour this year is a beatboxing and storytelling comedy show.

Hello. How are you today?

Yes. Fantastic. How are you? [A bit tired, but otherwise okay. Thanks – Ed]

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

It still matches perfectly… I’ve been working on this show for a while and started previewing in February. The ending’s better now, and the jokes are closer together, but the storyline is still the same. It’s a true story, so it is harder to change.

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

Paul Flannery of MMORGP who I know is a fantastic cook. I love cooking too, so I hope we will be exchanging lots of recipes and he has great cooking toys. Plus, I also write immersive treasure hunts for a living, so I’m looking forward to geeking out over puzzles with him too. Also, my girlfriend and daughter (not in a Woody Allen way, different people) will be around for some of the month. They are the loves of my life. Waking up with them makes any day brilliant. Even so, Paul still gets first mention.

Any shows you’re excited about seeing?

James Rowlands. I have found his storytelling shows over the last few years very inspiring.

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

The last time I went to the festival, I ran up Arthur’s seat every day. The same ritual again might help me shake off this dad-bod. Also, salt n sos.

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

I was a contestant on a South African gameshow last year, and the atmosphere got so competitive between me and another contestant that we broke the touch screen apparatus and the entire episode had to be cut from broadcast.

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

How Did This Get Made is a fun review of terrible films. I enjoy it mainly because I enjoy terrible films. It is incredible the schlock people can put together, even when working with huge budgets. It usually seems to boil down to quality being abandoned in favour of minimising financial losses early in production. It is (slightly shouty) American fun.

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

I love the music of Funkadelic. They bring together lofty truths and gutter filth and blend it with licks that make me scream ‘yeah!’. And it’s great for dancing. I think Rhy introduced me to it. Thank you, Rhy. I love you.

Charlie Partridge: I Can Make You Feel Good. By Comparison.
Just the Tonic @ The Caves
2-26 Aug, 4.50pm

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