Katia Kvinge Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

I ask myself that almost every year! This is my 7th year performing at the Fringe – 4 years in sketch comedy shows and now 3 years performing solo shows. The lead up to the Fringe is the most stressful and it feels like a guilty burden hanging over you all year like ‘I can’t chill, I need to write my Edinburgh show!’. But almost every year after the Festival is over as much as it may have been an emotional roller coaster of a month it always feels worth it.

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

My show is called Squirrel and it’s about how my friends always say I have ADD but I say I’m pretty sure I’m just a Squirrel, you wouldn’t see a hyper puppy & say it needs to go on meds to chill but we as a society are constantly medicating ourselves and numbing ourselves rather than embracing or addressing the situation that causes us to behave the way we do. It’s like a super lol’s show too if that explanation seemed a bit heavy! 

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

Watching my friends get drunk each year whilst I sit there drinking Lemonade & Ginger Beer everyday for a whole month, because I’m allergic to alcohol, but then still managing to wake up feeling so hungover because I didn’t realise up until a week ago that I’m also allergic to Citric Acid! Which is in everything!

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

Last year I did a day time kids show where the promoter kept telling all the acts we couldn’t swear because it had to be a clean show for kids, in my mind I was like I’m one of the cleanest comedians here I’ll be fine. But once I got up on stage, without realising, I said ‘hey guys, are we ready to have a fucking good time?’ and heard an audible gasp from the audience so ended up having to apologise and just talk to the audience of disappointed parents and confused kids. 

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

Sam Simmons has always been my unsung hero but last year after winning the Fosters Award he’s rightfully being sung! I also think Alison Thea-Scot, Paul Currie, Lucy Pearman, Cassie Atkinson, Michael Brunström and many more of the Weirdos Comedy collective are worth singing about! 

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

All the people above plus –

Bridget Christie: Mortal

Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do

Felicity Ward: 50% more likely to die 

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

A Squirrel expert or ADD  specialist

The reason why one should come and see your show?

If you’ve ever seen a Squirrel and thought thats a pretty cool lil creature, then this show is for you!

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Get free fudge samples down the Royal Mile – they have all the flavours!

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

Jeezo! Okay it would be Robin Williams, Rosa Parks, Mother Theresa, Michael Jackson, Princess Diana, Charlie Chaplin, Joan of Arc, Andy Kaufman, Victoria Wood, Bowie, Mitch Hedberg & my grandparents and we would all play cards against humanity!

Katia Kvinge: Squirrel – 3pm, 3rd-29th Aug, Attic 1 Counting House, Gilded Balloon

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