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Jonas Müller: My Edinburgh

31st Jul 2016

An Interview with Jonas Müller, who is performing his show, Jonas Müller Regrets Writing This F*cking Masterpiece at Underbelly Cowgate's Delhi Belly from 4 - 28 August (not 10, 15 or 22). 

Have you performed at the Fringe before?
I haven't. Tim [Honnef - writer] did. Two years ago he brought his show ''Stories of My Life, Played By Other People'' to the Fringe and last year he performed ''The Lonely Poet (or: The Pleonasm) at the Festival. Both shows were in lovely venue Sweet Venues and he really enjoyed performing those shows in Edinburgh because both shows had lovely audiences and good reviews and gave him some touring opportunities.

He made me really excited about the Festival and I can't wait to bring my new show to the Fringe and be a part of Underbelly this year.

Where’s your favourite spot in Edinburgh?
I think the chairs in almost every venue to see great shows will be my favourite spots.
Here's Tim's top three:

''-The place were you can sit right in front of the Pleasance Dome. It's a great place to meet new people, receive flyers, get to know more about shows, and eat a whole packet of Snowballs.
– Portobello Beach on a beautiful sunny day. So once or twice during the month. The sun, the sea, the sand, some snacks.... a great way to spend an afternoon.

– The City Restaurant. Great breakfast. Great lunch. And their pizza and fish and chips are delicious.''

It's safe to say Tim has an unhealty obsession with food and snacks.

What will you be packing in your suitcase for the Fringe?
A lot of stuff for the show: The set, a lot of photographs, two scripts, a chest and twenty-eight Twix bars. A Dutch book about the band Doe Maar I'm reading to be distracted from my huge fear of flying. Warm clothes. Good shoes. Dutch presents.

Do you know who Greyfriars Bobby is?
I'm obviously going to rub his nose every time I walk past him on my way to Cowgate.

What’s the best show you’ve ever seen at the Fringe?
I haven't seen a Fringe show yet. I´ve asked Tim and he told me that's a mean question. He has visited the Fringe five years in a row.  He can't pick just one show!

So he's made a top five, in a random order. This is what he said:

''– Sam Simmons – About the Weather. Brilliant, weird, stand up comedy by one of my favourite comedians. Can't wait to see his new show at Potterrow.
– Stuart Bowden's show Before Us. Great storyteller.

– The Wrestling. Madness.

– Joseph Morpurgo's Odessa. One of the most unique comedy shows that I have ever seen.
– Will Greenway's Vincent Goes Splat. He's at Underbelly again this year. Go and see him. He's great.

What’s the best piece of advice you’d give (or have been given) about the Fringe?
Tim said: ''With so much to do in Edinburgh and so much shows to see it's easy to forget to take some time off or sleep and eat well. Enjoy those little moments where you can just sit down in the park, eat a sandwich/chicken nuggets/hamburger/fish and chips, and spend time with the people around you''.
I can't quite get my head around the fact that he manages to put snacks in every single answer he gave me.

What can audiences expect from your show?
A multimedia storytelling multi-person solo show, purposely made without permission of any of the rightful owners of the original material.
An hour of storytelling in the early afternoon.
A unusual start of the day.
A f*cking masterpiece.

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