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Sid Singh: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 interview

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Hello. How are you today?

Very stressed out. I’m studying for the California Bar exam, which is a test that asks you to memorize a bunch of meaningless facts for 14 different subjects in law and then asks you to regurgitate them for 12.5 hours over two days. I am doing this despite truly hoping to be able to focus on comedy for the rest of my life once I’m done taking it. Sometimes, and more often then we’d like to believe, life is truly stupid.

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

Pretty closely! As someone who has worked in the tech industry and been in law school the past three years (in addition to being the head of the homeless legal services program), I wanted to discuss how my hometown has become a playground to crazy tech billionaires and the real world consequences that I and the rest of the citizens of the Bay Area have faced as a result.

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

To be honest, I don’t spend much time in my flat during the Fringe, so I’d rather talk about Dan Audritt and Jamie Oliphant who I’ll be sharing shows with in addition to my one man show at Just the Tonic. Those guys are so talented and really push me to get better. We’re doing a really weird, fun show at 12:30 am at Maggie’s Front Room at the Three Sisters where basically each of us has to do a random 20 minutes of our act and sneak in one new joke. If the audience can guess which is the new joke, we don’t get paid that day. Its like the most fun high wire act where either you don’t get paid, or the audience thinks a joke that you’ve actually spent a lot of time writing is the new one…so you kind of get crushed either way, but it’s still fun to do? Thats probably a dark insight into who I am as a person, but thats how I cope with the other craziness of the Fringe.

Any shows you’re excited about seeing?

So many amazing kinds of shows. For theatre fans I’d recommend Droll by the Owle Schreame Theatre Company, for political comedy Rahul Kohli, for musical comedy Tamar Broadbent, for one liners Dan Audritt, for the kind of comedy that just has an undeniable but underrated broad appeal Aatif Nawaz, for really sweet but sharp comedy Jamie Oliphant, and for comedy that doesn’t take itself seriously despite its cleverness Eshaan Akbar.

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

Meeting people from all over the world who like art or want to experience what the festival has to offer is the best thing I do every year…especially when they buy the next round!

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

I have no idea what I’m doing ever. The only thing that ever makes me feel truly comfortable in this world is doing comedy and being good at it. So I hope you come to one of my shows and have a lot of fun, because my deep seed insecurity completely relies on it. Of course that might not be interesting if you know enough about comics to know many of are like that. So my alternate fact is that I am the greatest Connect 4 player alive. Its a completely useless fact unless we play at a bar and the loser has to buy the next round. Then I won’t be paying for a single drink and its suddenly the most useful fact in the world!

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

We’re too nice to billionaires in this world. Most of them are people just like your friends and are as flawed as anyone. Many of them didn’t earn their money but lucked into it. The lucked into it because they exist in societies that tolerate their excess, which hey, thats fine. Let them live their lives in a capitalistic society, but don’t treat them as special, and don’t be afraid to ask them to pay for your dying grandma’s healthcare. In fact, don’t be afraid to have them pay for all the dying grandmas. It is the f*cking least they can do.

Sid Singh: American Bot
The Mash House
2-26 Aug, 6.25pm

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