Pete Otway Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

Where else are you going to see people on stilts arguing with a half naked person painted green at 1am while you’re queuing for a show? (Actual experience – 2013)

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

It’s my first show so I decided to do the biggest story from my life. In that sense a lot of the inspiration has come from actual events. Trying to make them funny has been the hard bit!

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

Probably the first time I went in 2011. I’d never been before and didn’t know what to expect. You’ll never have that feeling again of just walking around the city thinking ‘wow!’ Nick Helm and Terry Alderton blew me away that year, I still don’t think I’ve seen anything as good since.

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

Probably the time my Mum came to see me and I just died so hard. Such a classic Edinburgh experience – your family thinking they’re being supportive watching you 3 days in a row.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at present?

I don’t know how ‘unsung’ he is as everyone I know seems to love him, but I love watching Peter Brush.

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

I’ll go for 3 of my best friends – Brennan Reece, Will Duggan and Kiri Pritchard-Mclean.

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

I did a gig a few nights ago where there was a man with the biggest laugh I’ve ever heard. If he could just come every night that would be great!

The reason why one should come and see your show?

It’s one big story – the biggest story of my life. I think sometimes in Edinburgh you can go and see a few shows back to back that merge into each other with acts just doing the best stuff they’ve written that year. Hopefully my show should stand out from that.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do?

Walk up Arthur’s Seat with a hangover. Clears the head and worth it for some great views of the city.

Pete Otway: Six Years Since Then is at Just the Tonic at The Mash House at 5pm, 4th – 28th August (except 15th) 

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