Steen Raskopoulos Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

Partly because I’m contractually obliged and partly because Joel Dommett said he’d buy me an ice cream.

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

Gold nuggets, Chicken McNuggets and the Denver Nuggets.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

Probably the morning I found out I was nominated for Best Newcomer in 2014 for my show ‘I’m wearing two suits because I mean business’. I celebrated by eating sushi with my producer. It was a wonderful and nutritious moment in my career.

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

Probably that time when I made a joke about what it would be like to be a worm. Really would have made the joke land better if I had been able to burrow into a hole in the ground.

 

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

Susie Youssef. She is the most incredible improviser and story-teller who is making her Edinburgh debut this year. After working hard behind the scenes for many years as a producer making other people look great, I’m so happy and proud to see her absolutely killing it in her own right. Don’t miss her show.

Three shows you must see this Fringe?

Sam Campbell –  I think he is a genius. If you want something that is completely original and utterly brilliant then go see Sam.
Tom Walker – winner of Best Newcomer at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Tom is genuinely one of the funniest and sharpest performers I know.

Rhys Nicholson – if you like your JPM’s (jokes per minute) high, then this is the show you must see. Rhys is as slick as they come and utterly hilarious.

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

James Acaster. Our shows always clash at festivals, so he hasn’t been able to see me yet. He pretends to be disappointed but deep down I know he’s avoiding me because he owes me five quid.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

It’s something different. I do solo sketch comedy with the help of the audience. Everything comes from a place of love and joy and I never seek to humiliate or mock anyone. If you are scared of audience participation I will cure all your fears. Except arachnophobia. I’m terrified of spiders too.

 

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Go to Daniel Sloss’s house. He has a dinosaur in his living room. 

  

Steen Raskopoulos – You Know The Drill, 7.40pm Underbelly Cowgate
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