Fringe Q&A: Konstantin Kisin: Orwell That Ends Well

Konstantin Kisin, who made international headlines by refusing to sign a safe space contract for a university gig, offers an intelligent, uncompromising look at free speech and “wokeness” in his debut show. Full of strong gags, tales of rags-to-riches, back-to-rags (as the son of a former oligarch) and razor-sharp observations about the world, Kisin’s comedy walks the line between offence and humour as he tears into the sacred myths of modern society. Directed by former Jonathan Pie co-writer Andrew Doyle, the show is guaranteed to entertain and ruffle feathers in equal measure.

AAA caught up with Konstantin for a chat…

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

I have been at the Fringe as part of the Angel Comedy Showcase for the last couple of years

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

I am doing my debut hour, Orwell That Ends Well, about finding myself in the middle of a major international news story for turning down a “safe space” contract from a university.

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

Not enough!

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

It’s a funny show about a serious issue. You’ll laugh but also feel like there’s a point to the hour you spent listening to me.

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

Chris McGlade’s Forgiveness about his father’s murder

What’s on your hit-list to see?

Chris McGlade, Esther Manito, Titania McGrath

What are you planning to do on your days off?

What days off?

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

Intelligent political comedy about free speech. You won’t like it.

Konstantin Kisin: Orwell That Ends Well, Gilded Balloon Teviot – Wee Room, 19:00, Aug 7-12, 14-26, www.edfringe.com

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