Fringe Q&A: Daliso Chaponda

Daliso shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent and has gone on to amass over 100 million YouTube views, write and star in his critically acclaimed Radio 4 show Citizen of Nowhere, and appear on The Apprentice: You’re Fired, News Quiz and The Now Show.

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

It’s not. This is my fourth time. But it’s my first time doing a full run of shows since 2008. Last year I did a week.

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

The show started out being about Twitter mobs and cancel culture, but turned into a show about losing faith in celebrities you once admired, losing faith in institutions, parents and even yourself. The show I start out writing, rarely ends up being the final show. Cancel culture still comes up, but I think/hope I ended up somewhere more timeless..

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

I started writing this show in November 2018 and I’ve been rewriting, honing and chipping away at my dignity daily, trying to hit the definitive edition.

Are you nervous ahead of your opening night?

Not nervous, excited to get started. I reserve nerves for talking to attractive statuesque dames and clutching my thighs with panic when an airplane is being buoyed hither and thither during turbulence. Performances, are just pure delight.

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

Every week another celebrity or politician seems to get blacklisted or disappoint us. It’s very much, a ‘spirit of the age’ show. Also, buy my tickets and watch me as soon as you can. I might be the next one to get blacklisted (I might do a late night drunk racist tweet – who knows) , so watch me while it’s guilt free.

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

Maisie Adams, Adam Rowe and Dane Baptiste have all impressed me recently. Also, I’ve not seen it, but Marlon Davis’ show title made me gasp, “I wish I thought of that”, so that will be my first show I watch.

What’s on your hit-list to see?

Richard Herring, Kate Lucas, lots of plays, probably one or two overzealous student musicals.

What are you planning to do on your days off?

I’ll watch lots of shows. When I have a show, I spend a lot of time preparing and post show, there will be a lot of talking to dusky industry types with top hats, big cigars and a tendency to say “I can change your life.” Also, I’ll sleep a lot.

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

Join my cult… I mean show. Not a cult. Really.

Daliso Chaponda premieres his new stand up show ‘Blah Blah Blacklist’ at the Edinburgh Festival’s Gilded Balloon at 6:30pm, Aug 6-13, 15-26. For tickets go to

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