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Rob Oldham: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 interview

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Hello. How are you today?

I have a sharp pain in the upper left hand side of my abdomen which I’m a bit worried about, but I’m also on a train, which I find soothing.

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

It’s pretty on the mark, actually. The show still consists of ‘stand-up, reflective nostalgia and ambient anxiety’. The photo of me smiling wryly and calmly is very misleading as I’m absolutely cacking it at present.

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

I’m sharing a flat with Jacob Hawley and Jack and Josh from the sketch troupe Moon. They’re all people with rock solid values and I don’t doubt that any one of them would die for the vibe they have sworn to protect.

We’ve been working on our shows a bit together, and have been comparing notes on our various dreams, worries, and jealousies.

We are trying to stay calm, eat healthily, and make sure we have A Nice Time, but it’ll probably all descend into madness.

Any shows you’re excited about seeing?

Jacob Hawley’s show ‘Howl’ is brilliant and important, Moon have a fantastic, creative show too.

Flora Anderson is always hilarious, so very excited for ‘Character Assassination’.

Pelican’s new show, ‘Fisk’, looks great, and I really enjoyed seeing them last year.

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

I think I might buy a cap when I’m up there.

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

I’ve been completely open, there are no skeletons in my closet, all above board, absolutely not hiding anything.

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

Menagerie is good, only 4 episodes but worth a listen.

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

Dracunculiasis, also called Guinea-worm disease (GWD), is an infection by the Guinea worm. Initially there are no symptoms. About one year later, the female worm forms a painful blister in the skin, usually on a lower limb. Other symptoms at this time may include vomiting and dizziness. The worm then emerges from the skin over the course of a few weeks.

Rob Oldham: Worm’s Lament
Pleasance Courtyard
1-27 Aug, 9.30pm

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