Fringe interview: Felicity Ward

Fresh off the back of her new BBC Radio 4 series Appisodes, a Netflix special Live from the BBC, and regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast, Felicity Ward returns to the Edinburgh Fringe after a two-year hiatus. She’s back and ready to bust a nut-ful of jokes.

You are something of a Fringe veteran now, right?

Yes. This is number 8.

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

To be honest, it’s just a good old stand up show. No theme. No meaning. No lesson. Just jokes for an hour.

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

Well I didn’t take a show for 2017 so in one sense this show has taken me two years. In another sense, I should have had about two hours of material by now. I do not.

Are you nervous ahead of your opening night?

Nah, I’m pumped. The first night is when you think everything is still possible. It’s show number 19 I’m nervous about.

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

Great question.

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

None. Unless it’s me, I don’t want you to go.

But if you had to, Rose Matafeo, Rhys Nicholson, Suzi Ruffell, Kate Berlandt.

What’s on your hit-list to see?

See above.

What are you planning to do on your days off?

I have all these grand plans of cooking a massive roast for my friends, or going to the highlands for a day or two, or watching all the shows I haven’t been able to catch up on. It’ll probably end up being me in bed, watching Netflix, calling out for someone to bring me a packet of ginger nut biscuits.

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

I. can’t. make. you. do. anything.

Felicity Ward: Busting A Nut, 9pm, Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 August, www.edfringe.com

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