Elliot Steel Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

This question kind of made me question everything in life and made me come to a realisation that everything we do in life is to distract us from our own inevitable deaths. The main reason I’m doing the fringe is because it really is one of my favourite festivals and it encourages creativity, it also has bars that stay open till five in the morning.

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

Not getting allowed into nightclubs, my own stupidity and my generation as a whole. I’m not really the kind of guy who would draw inspiration from going to see an art display but more the guy who if doesn’t get let into a Yates can get five minutes of material out of it.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

I was in the toilets of a venue waiting my turn and this guy just pushed in front of a long line of people and then boasted it was because he “had to powder his nose”. Then this absolute hero behind me climbed over the cubicle the line jumper had gone into and poured his pint over him and his drugs. I saw a lot of good shows that year but nothing will ever beat that.

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

I was chatting to a girl at a bar and sneezed in her face in front of her boyfriend who instead of wanting to beat me up just laughed and said he had nothing to worry about I can talk to her as much as I want. A hole in the ground would of been greatly appreciated that night.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

My agent Danny Julian (everyone at off the kerb) and my publicist Mel Brown. They both put in a lot of work to try make sure I just do my job which, seeing as my job is to either do a interview or tell some jokes you’d thought I’d be able to do that but it takes a team of people to remind me to do it. Without them I doubt I could do what I do for a living.

Three shows you must see this Fringe?

Jammali Maddix, Kai Humphries and Milo Mccabe are all incredible and should be at the top of everyone’s list.

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

To be honest I think there’s no greater compliment than other comedians coming to see your show. Comics sit through so much stand up that they can come numb to it so if any comedian willingly comes to my show that’d be lovely.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

I am only nineteen years old and doing a show. Don’t worry it isn’t when of them shows about how I finally came an adult it’s more just me poking fun at every generation especially my own but I’ve made it accessible for every one of any age.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Just walk about and take in how beautiful the city of Edinburgh actually is. Edinburgh is like a game of sim city creator that’s gone wrong because you built a castle then built streets but

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