Aatif Nawaz Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

Because it’s awesome. All the Comedy lovers in the world congregate in ONE place. It’s an inspiring environment. Plus who wants to do August in London anyway…

What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?

The show’s about my experiences with the media…so every bit of TV and Radio I did between last year’s Fringe and now is all material. Plus there are one or two mental things happenning in the world which seem like they’re only there to set up punchlines…let’s just say I usually take detailed notes when a certain Mr Trump is talking on TV…

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

Last year, I put a heckler down in a bizzare moment of Comedy camaraderie. The clip of me doing so went viral on Facebook and 11 different comics shook my hand the following day. That was pretty sweet.

When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?

When I said ‘*** ****? That guy? Totally overrated.’ Only to discover the comic in question was right behind me. My only saving grace was he had no idea who I was…and hopefully still doesn’t…

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

There are so many. But they’re starting to be discovered. I love Darius Davies. He’s been cracking me up for 10 years. I love Tez Ilyas…Ria Lina…Bobby Mair…Anil Desai…the list goes on and on…

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

Larry Dean’s new show. Kate Lucas’ debut show. And Spank. I keep hearing so much about this thing. I need to know what the deal is…

The one person you’d love to see your show and why? 

I really want George Michael to see my show. I used to write song parodies (well…homages really) of his songs. I think we’d get on really well. Be good friend. Play poker and chat about Pakistani domestic cricket. Two introspective peas in a pod.
The reason why one should come and see your show?

It’s based on my hilarious life…and only I get to live it…these things only happen to me…so you can’t hear it anywhere else. Plus, if you come, there’s a slightly better chance George Michael will come too…

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

I could lie to you and say something fashionable and cool like ‘I wanna go hiking and take in the breathtaking scenery…’ But I’m going to level with you. I MUST get my hands on a decent Deep Fried Mars bar. I had one incredible and one mediocre one last year. Hoping to improve that ratio in 2016…

Ah sorry, you’re dead. But least you can have that dinner party you’ve always wanted. Who are you inviting?

Imran Khan (politician), Imran Khan (actor), Imran Khan (singer), Imran Khan (my accountant) and Imran Khan (the geezer who works in my local post office). It would be fun watching the confusion unfold. I might eat a block of cheese tonight and see if I can make it happen…



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