Steve Bugeja Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

Edinburgh fringe is my favourite month of the year. I love writing a show and bringing it up to the festival, I love spending one whole month in the same city and I love the abundance of crepes.

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

My show this year was inspired by a big decision I took a year ago. The show aims to work out whether, when making big decisions we should listen to our heart or our head. Whether we should listen to that gut feeling we sometimes get, or whether it’s best to just use logic and reason.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

I was with some friends in the udderbelly bar and a guy came up to me and said that him and his mum had been to my show a few days previous. He said that his mum had been quite miserable recently but since my show she had noticeably cheered up and wouldn’t stop talking about it. That made me feel amazing. He didn’t mention if he liked the show himself, but I’ll take the mum.

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

 I was with some friends at a bar and another friend came over to join us. Midway through introducing her to everyone in the group I realised that I didn’t know two of the people in the group’s names. I had been chatting to them for hours. It was awful.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at present? 

My personal unsung hero is Carl Cooper, he’s a comedy writer who’s helped support me since day one. He’s the funniest person I’ve ever met. The Just The Tonic front of house team were brilliant last year. They don’t earn very much, they have to do insanely long hours but they still always manage to be happy and brilliant at their jobs.

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

Matt Forde’s show will be incredible this year what with all the political shenanigans going on.

Saw Adam Hess’ show in preview and it had more punchlines in it than I ever dreamed was possible.

Tom Ward’s debut hour is also one to checkout, I really enjoy watching him.

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

My year 8 drama teacher, he told me that I wasn’t suited to the stage. Basically my entire career has just been an attempt to prove him wrong.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

As well as being funny I hope it will be interesting and uplifting. Also I get out an ISIS flag at one point. Not joking.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

A bit cliche but walking up Arthurs Seat is genuinely lovely. Feels so far removed from the business of the festival. And it’s the only place you won’t get flyered.

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

Probably just my mates. If I’m dead it would be nice to say goodbye to everyone.

Steve Bugeja: Unpronounceable is at Just the Tonic at The Tron at 5pm, 4th – 28th August (except 15th)



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