Naz Osmanoglu Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

I ask myself this all the time because it is hard work and lots of pressure and you age about ten years in a month and every performer will have at least one moment where they look in the mirror and weep due to sheer emotional exhaustion…. but its jolly good laugh, isn’t it? Doing shows everyday to great audiences in a beautiful city is worth it.

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

It’s a been a strange year for me full of ups and downs and so I thought id put it all in a show – or at least the juicy bits. I’m basically trying to be totally honest this year onstage, which is hard for me, as doing this job makes you a good liar.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

Years ago, during an early WitTank sketch show at The Caves, I broke a prop teapot an hour before our first preview. Stressing I went out, bought superglue, glued this teapot together, got changed and ran to the venue. In the first sketch I mimed drinking the teapot and inhaled a load of glue fumes. I was high on glue for the first ten minutes of our show.

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

You’ve done one hour show, now you have another hour show to do and after that you have a late night hour show. You’ve drank all the red bull in the world and its not working and the burger you just ate was a bad idea. Then you read the three star review.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at present?

Steve Bugeja is a marvellous comedian and lovely guy to boot. Really solid writing and I think he’s going to have a brilliant show this year. Go see it!

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

Ivo Graham, James Acaster, Nish Kumar.

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

The Queen. I don’t think she would like it but her husband would be chortling away.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

It’s all pretty much true. It gets a bit sexy and it also gets a bit disgusting. I mean, what else is there?

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

The Mussel Inn is my favourite place to eat. Go there and eat everything.

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

I’d invite the cast of Goodfellas as well as he real characters they’re based on. I would leave a gun in the bathroom and then I would just see what happens.

Naz Osmanoglu: Exposure is at Just the Tonic at The Mash House at 9pm, 4th – 28th August (except 15th)

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