Andrea Hubert Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

How funny, my mother asked me that the other day. I didn’t know what to say so I just gave myself a hug.

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

My real life experiences of going on life saving medication after being ‘removed’ from a shop because I went mental and started throwing tomatoes. Mini ones, though, not beef tomatoes. I’m not TOTALLY insane.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

I did my first Late ’n Live last year, and I survived to tell the tale. That felt like a win.

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

All day every day for as long as I can remember. Fringe specific though, probably doing a show to about 4 people who hated me, and a dead rat in the corner. It was a bad day.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at present?

If you call someone unsung and they don’t realise they’re unsung but actually think they’re doing well, and that there is in fact, a modicum of singing about them, and then they read that you said they were unsung, that’s going to ruin their day, no? The real unsung heroes are the people not in comedy who put up with our dramatics.

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

Ryan Cull, Harriet Kemsley, and Jayde Adams are all doing stand up shows that I can’t wait to see.

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

Jennifer Saunders. I tried to meet her a couple of years ago at the Fringe by stalking her Twitter and waiting for her after a show (yes, that IS normal adult behaviour!), and I was so tongue tied, I came across as insanely creepy and my friends still make fun of me about it. I’d love her to come, enjoy the show and then be like “Oh, you’re that super creepy fan girl from two years ago? You seem different now. Calmer.”

The reason why one should come and see your show?

If you’re into super personal suff with jokes in it. And if you like me. Hell, come if its 3.45, you’re right there and it’s raining.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

You must go away from the Cowgate area, and explore the outskirts. There’s some lovely hidden parks.

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

So everyone at my dinner party is dead? What a dream come true. I’ll take Bowie, Joan Rivers, Gilda Radner, Ada Lovelace, Kurt Cobain and Hitler. Then me and the others will gang up on Hitler and every time he tries to join in the conversation, we’ll mimic him in a really high squeaky voice and do a bitchy afterlife hashtag till he cries.

Andrea Hubert: Week is at the Gilded Balloon Counting House Sitting Room at 3:45pm, 3rd – 29th August (except 15th & 16th)

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