Fringe Q&A: Erich McElroy: Radical Centrist

With politics moving to extremes and into every aspect of our lives, Erich McElroy finds another way. The only true centrist comedian at the Fringe, Erich is rising up to demand incremental change and reasoned debate. He’s crossing over the left/right divide in a way that’ll make you stop – or at least slow down.

AAA caught up with Erich for a chat…

This isn’t your first time at the Fringe…

This will be my eighth Fringe! But it will also be the first time I’ve not come up with my wife and children…

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

All my shows have had a political tinge – but this year’s show is more personal. Because these days everything we do has some sort of political element. Whether it’s flying somewhere for your holiday (destroying the environment), getting a new puppy (leaving some rescue dog to perish) or loosing a bit of weight (fat shaming). Nothing is safe, but that might not be such a bad thing.

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

Because they don’t need to (it’s free/pay what you want after). They have nothing to lose, and can have quite low expectations. Which I can meet.

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

Steve N Allen is a favourite (and we are doing a show together called Immoral Maze).

What’s on your hit-list to see?

I haven’t even had a chance to see who else is going yet.

What are you planning to do on your days off?

Day off? My family are coming up. Trying to remember their names.

Erich McElroy: Radical Centrist, Laughing Horse @ Bar 50 – The Alcove, 14:15, until 25 August, www.edfringe.com

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