Fringe: Lucy Frederick interview

Take a walk on the wild side with comedian Lucy Frederick in the Capital this August. An Amused Moose semi-finalist in 2012 and a Funny Women finalist in 2013, she’s known to have ‘great comic timing’, and her latest show is described as ‘an animal lover’s dream’. AAA caught up with the affable comedian, writer, actor and, er, ‘fat model’ this week for a chat about the Fringe.

  • How has your Fringe been so far?

Good! It’s been exhausting – I’m doing three shows which has been a challenge I must say!

It’s been a huge learning curve with big highs and deep lows. But, ultimately, I feel like I’ve seen what I need to do next to get better and move forward with my comedy career.

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

My stand-up show is called Lucy Frederick – In The Wild. It’s a fun, storytelling-style, stand-up show based around animals and pets. I’ve grown up surrounded by animals, so I wanted to write a show about something important to me, something that has been a big part of my life.

  • What’s the audience reaction been so far?

It’s been lovely! I’m amazed people have bought tickets to see it at all! Amazed and thrilled. And when people stop at the end to tell me their stories, it’s just gorgeous. That’s my favourite bit.

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

Because it’s really fun. It’s an easy to watch, a chatty hour that I hope most people will be able to relate to.

  • You’ve had some great reviews – do you read them?

I try not to! But it’s good to read them with a big pinch of hindsight. Good or bad, a review can be a helpful tool to guide you in where to go next.

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

Loads! Sarah Kendall was amazing. Beautiful and heartbreaking and hilarious.

Patrick Monahan is delightful, Croft and Pearce are a fabulous double act, too. And I have to mention my best mate, who is in a double act called Totes Inapropes. They are off the wall and great fun!

  • What’s on your hit list to see?

There are so many shows I want to see. But when you’re doing three shows a day everything seems to clash!

  • What do you like to do in Edinburgh on your day off

Sleep. But also I went to Gorgie City Farm, which is a joy. I fed a lamb with a bottle. Nearly died of happy.

  • Can you recommend a bar or restaurant in Edinburgh?

I haven’t been there at all this year, but I love Cabaret Voltaire – they do glorious cocktails.

  • What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen this year? 

My favourite thing to do is spot young people thinking of creative ways to flyer. This year I saw two people just laid out on the floor of the Royal Mile holding flyers up like hopeful lazy zombies.

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Lucy Frederick – In The Wild, Gilded Balloon (Venue 14), 5.15pm, until August 30, £8.50 (£7.50), www.edfringe.com