Daniel Nils Roberts Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

In four and a half billion years the sun will expand in a last weary act of
chichi bravura and lazily engulf the innermost planets in our solar system,
obliterating those elusive Roman mainstays Venus and Mercury in an
unforgiving embrace. Just blanked beyond the reach of this initial cosmic
trauma, our sepulchral Earth will spiral with a sorrowful but inevitable
alacrity into the white dwarf that once lent us life, shredded at the last
into a trifling spray of stellar debris. So might as well have a pricy pint
in the Assembly Gardens for now.

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

There were 121 episodes of My Family. If that can be a success, why the hell
shouldn’t I?

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

My favourite Fringe shows that I have seen down the years were rustled up by
Hans Teeuwen, Daniel Kitson, Josie Long, Jonny Sweet, Adam Riches, Claudia
O’Doherty, Tim Key and Nick Mohammed. So the stand-out moment will be
nestling somewhere in that bundle. There’s also the time I went to a party
in a student sketch group’s flat and flung gherkins out of a top floor
window onto the Royal Mile.

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

I’m incredibly phobic about the thought of potholing, so no matter how
awkward things are getting I’m just not going to wish for this. It sounds
shit.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

Hmmm… most of the very best people don’t seem to stay unsung for long. My
tech operator Jonny is a really great guy – I don’t feel like he’s getting
the coverage he deserves. I guess because the airwaves have been dominated
by the Brexit/Euros. As a tech he probably doesn’t go beyond competent, but
he’s a really chipper fella.

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

Well, I’m in three others, so probably those: Austentatious (Udderbelly,
1.30pm), Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised (Pleasance Queen
Dome, 11.50am) and Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes (Just the
Tonic Community Project, 3pm).

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

It depends if they are going to enjoy it or not. If they are, then Chris
Morris, or Michael Palin, or whoever is responsible for carting people off
to Hollywood comedic stardom. If they aren’t going to like it then one of
the nasty buggers, I guess. Assad or the singer from the Red Hot Chili
Peppers.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

It’s a breakneck and brain-taxing barrage of blistering characters,
PowerPoint-in-meltdown, curveball sketches and lush videos, with leftfield
punchlines galore and a right old twinkle-in-its-eye! Plus it’s cheap and
the room’s nice.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Hide in a cupboard at the end until everyone else has gone, and then creep
out to surreptitiously enjoy the devolved social-democratic benefits of the
SNP’s suite of progressive housing, welfare and taxation policies.

Daniel Nils Roberts – Honey, 4:45pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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