Edinburgh Fringe: Pierre Novellie interview

Groovy! Woah! Pierre Novellie is not cool but he is trying. Is it cool to be depressed? Is it cool to have read an 800-year-old poem about magical, vaginal ventriloquism? Come and see! Appearances include BBC Radio 4’s The Rest is History, Channel 4’s Comedy Blaps, 4oD’s Taxi Gags, and BBC Three’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live. AAA caught up with Pierre for a chat.

Tell us about some previous Fringe visits?

This year is my third solo stand up show, but I’ve been coming to Edinburgh since I was a student in the Cambridge Footlights. I also once saw a fully naked woman fighting five waiters in a restaurant booth.

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

It’s an hour of smart stand up about depression, alienation and what it means to be cool and fit in.

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

Hours of practice, days of fiddling, months of writing, years of bullying.

Were you nervous ahead of your opening night?

I maintain a strict diet of only tomato-based foods to combat nerves.

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

Statistically it’ll be better than at least half of what’s on, so the odds are good! Especially if you were bullied at school.

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

The shows of Matt Ewins (genius), Richard Gadd (genius), Fern Brady (genius).

What’s on your hit-list to see?

Spencer Jones, Bill Burr, Kieran Hodgson, Sam Simmons.

What are you planning to do on your days off?

Only one day off this year! I’ll try not to spend it hungover.

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

Award-winning, smart stand up about coolness and depression.

Pierre Novellie is Cool Peter, Pleasance This – Pleasance Courtyard, until 28th Aug, 9:45pm, www.edfringe.com

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