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Geoff Norcott: My Edinburgh

19th Jul 2016

We talked to Geoff Norcott, who'll be in Underbelly's Med Quad from 3 - 28 August (not 15) about his show, life at the Fringe and Morris dancing.

Have you performed at the Fringe before?
I've done a year on year off since 2006. This is the first time I've done back to back years. It'll either break me as an act or break my marriage.

Where’s your favourite spot in Edinburgh?
The bit outside the Gilded Baloon at around 2am. I don't know why but there's always someone laying on the floor and a friend trying to rally them.

What will you be packing in your suitcase for the Fringe?
Dunno about packing yet, but I know what i'll be checking on before I go. Last year I ordered the wrong size flyers and was essentially handing out posters for the first few days. My show was called 'The Look of Moron' so it was art imitating life. 

Do you know who Greyfriars Bobby is?
No, but I bet he owes people money.

What’s the best show you’ve ever seen at the Fringe?
Des Bishop's 'My dad could've been James Bond'. I laughed, I cried...then I kept on crying as I tried to work out how to write something that good.

What’s the best piece of advice you’d give (or have been given) about the Fringe?
Stick to your normal routine. If you start calling 3am an 'early night' you're gonna finish the fringe looking like an extra from The Walking Dead.

To ceilidh or not to ceilidh?
I'm English. If you want to get some knee bells i'm happy to throw down some Morris Dancing.

What can audiences expect from your show?
It's about how I became a Conservative voter, but I want lefties to come too. They may be deluded but some of my best friends are Labour voters. I know how angry they sometimes get so I've built in a 'heckle amnesty' where they can call me anything they like. They can also ask me questions, but I suspect most people will take up the first option.

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