Fringe Q&A: Kate Lucas

Kate Lucas has been told she needs to sell herself more. So now she is. Buy her! Join this multi award-winning musical comedian as she tries to figure out how much she’s worth in this ludicrously silly and sharply satirical look at the dark side of advertising and social media. Bring your wallets and your hearts… but mainly your wallets.

Kate Lucas is a Leicester Mercury New Comedian of the Year winner.

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

No, I’ve been up lots of times but this will be my second solo show.

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

The show’s called Kate Lucas is Selling Herself. It’s partly about advertising and how it’s wormed its way into everything we do. It’s also about how that relates to my life. I’m always told I’m bad at “selling myself” or that I need to think of myself as a “brand” so I decided to take that advice very seriously and literally sell myself piece by piece and see how much I can get for myself.

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

Ha ha, well, I think I’ve put on half a stone in comfort food trying to finish the thing. I had to shut myself away (with snacks. Too many snacks) and put my phone on flight mode for a few days so I could force a load of random thoughts I’d had into some sort of show.

Were you nervous ahead of your opening night?

I’m nervous generally. It’s safe to assume whatever it is, I’m nervous.

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

In what other show can you buy your very own leg? I’ve pushed myself with this show to do something different and riskier than my last show. In the past my riskiest ideas have excited me the most so I’m excited about this one and I hope that comes across for the people who come to see it.

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

Lou Sanders – she’s just fab and totally unpredictable and I really love that about her. Then there’s Jonny Pelham – Jonny Pelham possesses one facial expression that makes him look like Angela Lansbury crossed with a bemused goose and it lets him get away with saying pretty much anything. I saw one of his early previews and thought “Well that’s intimidatingly good…”

What are you planning to do on your days off?

Two things. Watch something a bit different like a circus show or cabaret show because it reminds me that there’s a world outside of stand up and go to the fairground in the meadows because I’m a massive child and I want fun and candy floss.

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

I’m literally selling myself, what more do you people want?

Kate Lucas’s new comedy show ‘Kate Lucas is Selling Herself’ will be at the Just The Tonic The Tron at 6:20pm from 1st – 25th August. For tickets go to www.edfringe.com

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