Edinburgh Fringe: Tez Ilyas interview

Edinburgh Fringe: Tez Ilyas interview

Last year, Tez Ilyas experienced something that turned his world upside down. In this hotly-anticipated follow-up to his 2015 smash hit debut, TEZ Talks, this smart and subversive rising star is back with another bold and deeply personal show. AAA caught up with Tez for a chat earlier in the week. How has your Fringe been so far? Positively delightful. Seen a lot of friends I haven’t seen for a while. Already caught a couple…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Dave Benson Phillips interview

Edinburgh Fringe: Dave Benson Phillips interview

Anyone who grew up in the Nineties will remember rushing home from school to watch in awe as kids were given the opportunity to gunge their parents on CBBC’s Get Your Own Back. Original host, Dave Benson Phillips, is bring a nostalgic live version of the show to the Fringe, during which teams of comedians are pitted against each other in a series of challenges. AAA caught up with the presenter to find out which…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Sarah Laing interview

Edinburgh Fringe: Sarah Laing interview

For two years now, one of Edinburgh’s finest vintage singers has been helping Fringe-goers get their day off to a get great start with morning performances of Sarah Laing Sings the Music of Doris Day at The Free Sisters. AAA sat down for a chat with the local singer to find out where her interest in Doris Day came from, how she’s been preparing for the Fringe and how it feels to be performing at…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Peter White interview

Edinburgh Fringe: Peter White interview

Through no fault of his own, Peter White was born a straight white male. Lots of people hate straight white males. Should they? Do they deserve it? This bold, honest and hilarious debut show tackles race, gender and sexuality in a way that few comics would ever dare. AAA caught up with Peter for a chat this week. How has your Fringe been so far? It’s been good! It’s my first time here, so I had…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Craig Stephenson (Craig: Impossible) interview

Edinburgh Fringe: Craig Stephenson (Craig: Impossible) interview

Comedy, magic, a little bit of chocolate, and a lot of danger. Yorkshire magician Craig Stephenson is currently wowing Fringe audiences with his brand new show, Craig Impossible – a winning blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and mind-blowing magic. Don’t miss it. AAA caught up with Craig for a chat. How has your Fringe been so far? Superb. I love visiting Edinburgh, it’s such a fun and welcoming city. During the Fringe the energy levels about the…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Henry Rollins interview

Edinburgh Fringe: Henry Rollins interview

He may have fronted one of the world’s most influential punk bands, but Henry Rollins still has a lot to get off his chest. The former Black Flag frontman, who now channels his angst into spoken-word performances, is returning to the Fringe with his Charmingly Obstinate tour. AAA caught up with him to find out more about his show and whether he sees himself ever making a return to music. You’ve performed at the Edinburgh…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Craig Hill Interview

Edinburgh Fringe: Craig Hill Interview

Craig Hill is back for yet another year of Fringe fun. His shows have consistently sold out over the past 16 years so, before there’s no tickets left for this year’s run, AAA decided to sit down for a chat with Scotland’s finest kilted comedian… You’re somewhat of a Fringe veteran now. How many years have you been performing at the festival? Long enough to become a baldy – can you believe it’s my 17th…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Pierre Novellie interview

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…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Dorec-a-Belle interview

Edinburgh Fringe: Dorec-a-Belle interview

Since forming in 2011, Inverness-based indie-folk band Dorec-a-Belle have been busy touring with the likes of Squeeze and The Magic Numbers, and performing at some of the country’s biggest music festivals. This month will see the band, who are supported by Creative Scotland, play their first Edinburgh show as part of the Fringe. Ahead of their gigs at The Merchants’ Hall on Hanover Street and on the BBC Castle Stage later this month, AAA caught…

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Edinburgh Fringe: Aatif Nawaz interview

Edinburgh Fringe: Aatif Nawaz interview

Award-winning comedian Aatif Nawaz follows up his acclaimed Muslims Do it 5 Times a Day show with a loud and hilarious assault on irresponsible journalism. AAA caught up with Aatif for a chat. Is this your first time at the Fringe? This will be my second year. I only want to come to the Fringe with a brand new show, something new to say. I do love the Fringe show. So that’s ample motivation to write…

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