I’m Sajeela Kershi, I’m a comedian/writer who has been coming to the fringe since 2006 – I also starred in Brendon Burns 2007 Award Winning show as the audience plant . I’m bringing two shows to the Edinburgh fringe this year and acting in a monologue in a third show 10x10x10 at the Pleasance.
Immigrant Diaries is a multi-award winning true storytelling show which is a positive antidote to anti-immigration political and media rhetoric. Ridiculous, poignant and sublime stories from guests who are comics, musicians, actors, performers etc and who make up the attendees of the most multi-cultural fringes in the the world.
I’m also performing my solo comedy show ‘Shallow Halal’ which is about being an agnostic in agony sitting on the faith fence. It’s for anyone who feels confused about their place in the 21st century and their moral position on events of the past few years.
What is the first thing people notice about you?
My Hair! it’s so big it has its own rider.
6 things you can’t live without during the Fringe?
I cannot live without:
My curlers (big hair dont keep itself)
My Yorkshire Blend teabags (to keep me calm and sane)
My spices to cook up a home made curry for me or friends who might pop over
My vitamins, minerals, Manuka honey to try and protect my health and overly abused voice box during the fringe
My umbrella (you know it’s gonna rain)
An appreciative, up for it audience
Who are your Edinburgh Fringe Crushes this year?
My crushes this year? Are you kidding? I’ve been WAY too busy stressing about my shows to even notice who will be there this year… Though I do admit I have girl and boy crushes on some of my wonderful guests on Immigrant Diaries show – just from hearing their incredible stories – come and see the show, I guarantee once you’ve seen them perform you will have crushes on them too!
Your darkest Fringe secret?
My darkest Fringe secret? In spite of being a massive people pleaser, soft as anything outside of Edinburgh, as sure as the sun will rise i will have a mini meltdown onstage at some point during the Fringe, guaranteed it happens every time. I’ll either lose it and physically throw out a heckler, chase someone down the road for daring to put pennies in my bucket for a year of my hard work or get emotional onstage. Right back early on in my career I got a bad review, I was doing a guest spot at another show, where instead of just doing a sample of my show I mentioned the bad review and totally ripped into this reviewer and the review itself, ranting and raving to much laughter from the audience – now what are the chances of said reviewer being in 2nd show? Wtf?! I must be the unluckiest person in the world – he referenced my scathing attack in the 2nd review but cited he would forgive me as I proved to be extremely funny about it….