Hayley Ellis Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

You sound like my mother, my boyfriend , and my bank manager rolled into one.

I get to perform every night a 15 min walk away and not have to travel all day and get stuck on the M6 for hours. I get to watch some of the best stand –ups in the world and I get to eat chips every day for tea because my flat is too far away to go home and cook.

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

It’s all about the Fear of missing out which is possibly the answer to question 1 and why I’m doing the Fringe.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

Getting my jokes rated in the top ten of the Fringe by the Independent and The Scotsman was nice.  Also myself and my friends Steve Langstaff and Shea Taylor once got a rickshaw to take us a hill to our flat for a £1. That was a brilliant moment.

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

I was performing my first hour and at the end of the show my dog Kevin was supposed to come on stage with me, he had been doing this every show perfectly. I had the toughest gig of my life in front of a small crowd of ten people who hated me and every breath I took. At the end of the show Kev refused to come on stage, I could see him at the back of the room just staring at me. I mean even he thought “Fuck that, she’s dying she can do this alone”

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

Hazel O’Keefe for all the work she does for the Women In Comedy Festival. She has so much energy and enthusiasm I wish I had a third of that.

Three shows you must see this Fringe?

Chris Gethard

Michelle Wolf

Paul McCaffrey

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

I mean one person is being optimistic, I would take any audience member they don’t have to be validated.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

So I don’t have crippling anxiety that its all been for nothing and end up with massive overheads. So “guilt” mainly

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

The City Cafe does an amazing vegetarian breakfast. I mean I should say climb Arthurs seat or something cultured. But that breakfast is fit.

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

I mean would I have to cook it? If so i’d probably cancel last minute saying I’m poorly.

If I have a chef I would invite Caroline Ahern,  Joan Rivers and James Dean, although he would have to introduce him to vaping as  im not having him smoking in the house.



Hayley Ellis – FOMO at Just The Tonic, The Community Project 

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