Fringe interview: Chris Turner

Los Angeles hasn’t changed Chris Turner – he’s a Manchester lad, born and gluten-free bread. Tricksy wordplay, niche references, and jaw-dropping freestyle raps from an award-winning ‘virtuoso’ (Guardian). He promises to pronounce ‘aluminium garage’ correctly.

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

Despite my baby face, this will be my 12th Edinburgh Fringe. Admittedly, my first was as an actor in two appalling school plays, and my second was as guitarist in a noise band that played the 3am slot in the now defunct Forest Café. I claim no part in its downfall.

Tell us a bit about the show you’re in this year?

A few things straight off the bat: The title (We’re Where We Were) sounds wonderful in any Scottish accent, whilst also being prohibitively tricksy for anyone whose mother tongue isn’t English (we’ll see if this affects audience demographics).

There’s a routine that’s been pissing off NFL fans in America to an extraordinary level, that I’m predicting will be received much more sedately over here. Is it down to our more tolerant and placid nature, or the fact that we prefer cricket? Who can tell.

We’re currently in the process of trying to arrange a fruit and vegetable sponsor for the show, to put a huge dent in our banana budget. It’s the difference between this show’s profit/loss outcome.

How much work has gone into getting it ready for Edinburgh?

I did two weeks of work-in-progress shows in Orlando, so I put myself through humidity, unexpected storms, and the general oddness that is Florida for this. It shows (if only in my brow-beaten demeanour).

Are you nervous ahead of your opening night?

Not after Florida. Like I said, it galvanised me. Or as they would say: “It galvanized me. Now shoot this Alligator”. Ugh, American spelling.

There’s thousands of shows on – why should Fringe-goers fork out to see yours?

Because I literally have a routine about forks that my director called ‘the closest thing to regular observational comedy we’ll get from you’ and ‘the most relatable thing you’ve written’. HINT…the forks are a metaphor. But for what? You’ll have to come to find out.

Are there any other shows on this year you’d recommend?

My wife’s in The Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes alongside my Best Man and one of my groomsmen, both of whom she has a huge crush on. Please go and keep an eye on her for me.

What’s on your hit-list to see?

Tim Key; Heidi Regan; Clara Cupcakes; Myq Kaplan; Laura Davis; Jordan Brookes.

What are you planning to do on your days off?

I don’t have any days off, and perform in three shows a day. It’s penance for those awful, awful, school plays.

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

Freestyle rap and banana skins like you’ve never seen before.

Chris Turner: We’re Where We Were, 9:45pm, Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug, www.edfringe.com

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