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Rosie Jones: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 interview


Rosie Jones heads up this year with a full hour after impressing last year with a shorter set that showed a knack for mischievous jokes and joyful dickheadery.

Hello. How are you today?

I’m very well thank you; today has been a productive day! I’m feeling ready for Edinburgh now, and every day I get more and more excited. The nerves are definitely there though, just lurking under the surface.

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

It’s getting there! I keep referring to my blurb, making sure I don’t do a Ronnie Corbettesque tangent for the whole hour. I’m going to spend July perfecting my thread, and making sure that my show isn’t just a load of random funny stories crammed together.

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

I’m sharing a flat with the magnificent duo that is Great British Mysteries, Rose Robinson and Will Klose. Rose is my flatmate in London so it’ll be a home from home. And we already know that we can live together in harmony. I think it’s important to make your flat into a sanctuary away from the madness of the Fringe. We’ll get through the month on Bananagrams and eggs!

Any shows you’re excited about seeing?

So many shows, too many shows, I think it’ll be a spectacular year! My flatmates, Great British Mysteries are a must-see show, and there’s such a strong set of women going up – Suzi Ruffell, Felicity Ward, Jayde Adams, Sindhu Vee and Heidi Regan to name just five. Special mention also goes to Charlie Baker and his kid’s show, “The Greatest Goat of All Time”…I mean, what a title!

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

Battered food!!!!! Not really! It’s cliché, but I think I’m just looking forward to performing a show I’m proud of. It’s taken a lot of work, but it’ll be worth it, and I can’t wait to show people what I’ve been working on for the past ten months.

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

Hmmm, tricky one, because I think I wear my heart on my sleeve and I tell people everything there is to know about me. But not everybody knows that I have a serious, serious interest in murder. I keep it under my hat because it freaks people out. When I lived at home my mum would come home to find me gripped by the Crime channel…she wasn’t sure whether I’d grow up to be a police officer, or a psychopath.

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

“Dear Joan and Jericha”, is a new podcast where Julia Davis and Vicki Pepperdine play naughty, naughty agony aunts and it’s just PERFECTION. In my opinion, Julia Davis can do no wrong; she’s spectacular.

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

Any blank space should be used to urge people to go and watch Hannah Gadsby’s hour show, “Nanette”, which is on Netflix. Stop reading this, and whack it on. It’s raw, emotional, and incredibly important. I was lucky enough to see it in Edinburgh last year and it not only altered my approach to stand up, it altered my approach to life. Seriously, why are you still reading this? Nanette. Now.

Rosie Jones: 15 Minutes
Pleasance Courtyard
Aug 1-26, 8.30pm

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