Fringe Q&A: Lucie Pohl

NYC comedian Lucie Pohl brings you a show about being a video game celebrity with a bathtub in her kitchen. As seen on Red Dwarf XI, Homeland, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Times Critic’s Pick.

AAA caught up with Lucie ahead of the Fringe.

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

No. I have done three shows at the Fringe. In 2014 I did Lucie Pohl: Hi, Hitler, in 2015 Lucie Pohl: Cry Me A Liver and in 2016 Lucie Pohl: Apohlcalypse Now! So this will be my 4th time.

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

I challenged myself to write a really, really, really, really, really real show this year. I’m stripping it of all the elements I usually had like sound and lights. And I might strip too, who knows. The show is about smoke and mirrors. About our crazy online existences and then living in reality. I became a video game celebrity a few years ago and my bathtub is in my kitchen. It’s a strange, funny, sad and ridiculous contrast. My grandma died last year and then came back to life. A stalker followed me into the desert in the Middle East. And my vagina has started to want to eat men so I’ve started to call it Audrey III. I thought all this was deserving of a show.

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

I feel like living is the prep work for Edinburgh. I have been working on this on and off for the past year. Now that the festival is looming it’s crunch time.

Are you nervous ahead of your opening night?

I always get nervous and when I don’t I get nervous that I’m not nervous. But I’m Jewish so that’s also just a constant state of being. No, seriously, the nerves, the adrenaline, the doubt, the fear – it’s all part of it. You push through that and take it with you on stage and let it transform into energy that you share with the audience. Being nervous is important. It means you care.

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

That’s a good question. Because I’m from NYC and if you don’t come I’ll kick your ass?

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

Definitely the other show I’m doing at Gilded Balloon. Lucie Pohl’s Immigrant Jam, also Phil Nichol: Too Much, Jena Friedman: Miscarriage of Justice, Catherine Cohen: The Twist She’s Gorgeous, The Nights by Henry Naylor, Double Denim, Ed Night

What’s on your hit-list to see?

James Acaster, Ed Byrne, Emmy Blotnick, Liza Treyger, Loyiso Gola

What are you planning to do on your days off?

I have no days off. I’m an idiot.

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

It’s funny, please come or I will weep.

Lucie Pohl’s new comedy show ‘Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Real’ will be at the Gilded Balloon Turret at 9pm from 31st July – 26th August. For tickets go to www.edfringe.com

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