Samantha Pressdee Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

It’s like coming home. The comedy industry is like a community of weirdos, so I fit right in. I’ve found my people and a place where I can be myself.

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

Nipples. After our successful free the nipple rally on the last day of the fringe last year, I performed my final show topless to celebrate. It went so well I decided to do a whole run topless this year. I’m also inspired by female sexuality and Russell Brand.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

Our Royal Mile Topless takeover last year was epic. The police came looking for me as I was the organiser, even though it wasn’t organised. The girls first said “Who’s Samantha?” Then there was a Sparticus moment and everyone was me. The police couldn’t control us with no identified ring leader (ANARCHY!) but we collectively agreed not to wonder around and ended the rally by sunbathing topless in the middle of the mile.

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

The first time I came to Edinburgh was with a play called ‘Very Still and Hard to See’ That was about holes swallowing people up. I would never want that to happen to me, even when I tripped over at 4am and landed face first in my kebab, in front of loads of people. My friend said it was karma, because I was eating an animal.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

Alfie Brown is my favourite fringe act, I can’t understand why he’s not famous yet.

Rosie Wilby isn’t at Edinburgh this year but I think her work is very interesting, she questions monogamy and makes science funny.

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

Mark Thomas: The Red Shed, Alfie Brown: Scissor and Sofie Hagen: Shimmer Shatter

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

Lucy-Anne Holmes, the founder of the No More Page 3 campaign. Only if she agreed to wearing a gag for the duration of the show mind. I don’t think she would, as NMP3 also supported a protest outside the 50 Shades of Grey Premier. I’d like her to listen and understand the perspective of not just me but all women who felt shamed by her campaign. I feel like she unwittingly attacked my people, through her army of twitter trolls.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

There’s not many working class, ex glamour modeling rock groupies doing stand up comedy. You might find this marginalised perspective interesting. Or you can just stare at my tits.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Parade on the Royal Mile with my boobs out. They will not be contained! You’re welcome to join me? 2.30pm outside St Giles Cathedral, 28th August.

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

I don’t understand the question, would the people coming to dinner also have to die? I don’t want anyone to die, ever!


Samantha Pressdee’s – Sextremist  at Just The Tonic Mash House Attic for the month of August




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