Mark Nelson Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

It is the biggest Arts Festival in the World so to live so close to it and not take advantage of being able to perform there would be nonsense.

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

My show has largely come from the fact that due to emoticons I barely understand any text message I receive any more and it infuriates me. 

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

Waking up on a couch one morning to find a naked bloke making breakfast.

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

When I inadvertently insulted one of the Awards judges during my show. I later learned it cost me a Best Newcomer nomination.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

Gavin Webster, Mick Ferry, Carey Marx, Jeff Innocent. Incredible comedians.

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

Bill Burr, because it’s Bill Burr. Daniel Sloss because I’ve seen his previews and it is awesome. Darren Connell, he will be the star of this Fringe.

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

My Grandad. I pretty much take my skill in comedy from him and sadly he died before he ever got to see me.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

Because I am just someone being as funny as possible for an hour. There’s no frills, no powerpoint, no gimmicks. It is pure stand up.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Go to Leith, probably the most eclectic place in the whole of Scotland

Mark Nelson: Smiley Face at the Gilded Ballroom 3rd-28th, 8.45pm.

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