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Nathaniel Metcalfe: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 interview

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Hello. How are you today?

It’s less a week to go until my first show at the Fringe, so I’m a little panicky and still have loads to get done before I can catch the train to Edinburgh.

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

It matches pretty well but I was being deliberately vague when I wrote it in March. All of the facts it contains are still facts.

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

Comedy-wise, I’m sharing with Stuart Goldsmith, Pete Dobbing and their families. I think that by necessity that means that all the chat won’t be solely Fringe focused and I’m hoping it’ll be a little oasis away from the craziness of the Festival.

Any shows you’re excited about seeing?

Always loads. The one that immediately springs to mind is Sean McLoughlin’s new show. He’s one of my favourite stand-ups. Also, looking forward to seeing Matt Rees’ debut show, Robin Ince’s horror show and countless others.

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

I love that Irn Bru, the king of soft drinks, is an option in every pub, cafe and restaurant you go to. I’m a big fan of Barr’s range of carbonated soft drinks in general. They’re way ahead, and although you can sometimes find them in London’s more discerning newsagents, I like the idea of being able to pick them up at every corner shop and mini supermarket.

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

I have a huge diorama tattooed on my back recounting the life story of The Really Wild Show’s Chris Packham.

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

My pal Hayley Campbell hosts one called Unpopped. It’s basically Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time but with popular culture and low culture.

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

I watched Sam Peckinpah’s Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia for the first time earlier this year. What a great movie! I felt like I’d been wasting my life not seeing it sooner. Don’t be like me if you’ve not seen it. Watch it now or live in regret.

Nathaniel Metcalfe: Chameleon, Comedian, Corinthian and Caricature
The Counting House
Aug 2-26, 1.10pm

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