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Chris Henry: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 interview

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Hello. How are you today?

I am very well, heading off to the Scottish Culture Awards tonight, I’m not up for any awards, but it gives me a good excuse to put my kilt on.

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

Hahaha great question. This year’s blurb is on the money. I’ve known what this show was going to be months before I started writing it. The same can’t be said for previous years.

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

I’m in a full flat with about 7 other people. The person who put the house mates together has a massive list of rules for us all to stick to including quiet times. I have a feeling that whoever breaks those rules won’t survive the night.

Any shows you’re excited about seeing?

I have a list of over 100 shows that I want to see. The curse of getting a great slot at the Fringe (8:10pm) is you end up clashing with loads of them. So I’m gutted that I probably wont get to see Ashley Storrie or Demi Lardner. The ones I am excited about seeing are Jesus L’Oreal: Nailed It, Stephen Bailey: Our Kid and Rosco McLelland: 29.

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

I’m looking forward to hanging out with my producer, Natalie Allison, who has been amazing helping me get this show where it is. We also get on like a pair of kids, so we will be causing all sorts of trouble in Edinburgh.

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

If we aren’t friends on Facebook, then you probably don’t know that I’ve just finished the West Highland Way in 5 days to raise money and awareness of three charities – Epilepsy Scotland, MND Scotland and the ROHHAD Association (go look them up and support them). There are some videos on my page that show the journey, but to sum it up it was brutal, my feet are still in bits and after nearly two weeks my index toe on my right foot is still numb.

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

I’ve never really gotten in to them, I struggle to concentrate and listen without the visuals of seeing someone perform. I prefer listening to music and can recommend a great Scottish band called Fatherson, who are just about to release their 3rd album. But if you really want a podcast recommendation the only ones I’ve ever liked were ‘There’s No Such Thing As A Fish’, and the Mark Maron podcast.

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

Well this is the laziest piece of journalism I’ve ever seen, roughly translated to I can’t even be bothered coming up with a question but need to make sure I meet the word count for the article. I’m not even sure I’m annoyed, I think I’m impressed.

Chris Henry: Around the World in 80 Dates
Underbelly Bristo q
1-27 Aug, 8.10pm

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