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Luke Courtier: My Edinburgh

29th Jun 2016

We had a chat to Luke Courtier, who gave us an insight into all his knowledge of Edinburgh (with a great coffee recommendation too!)...

Have you performed at the Fringe before?

Yes I have but only once - last year for a short run and it was a ton of fun. Although one balmy Sunday night the venue I was in - which was a beautiful old but quite flammable railway arch burnt down. On the plus side, despite the show being cancelled, their frozen margarita machine still worked. The limes were a bit burnt but that sort of added to the experience. 

Where’s your favourite spot in Edinburgh?

There seem to be considerably more pie and whisky shops than there are in London so all of those were my favourite spots. Cairngorm Coffee makes the best flat whites I've ever had. And I've had really a lot of flat whites. 

What will you be packing in your suitcase for the Fringe?

My running shoes. Some milkthistle. Socks. A nice coat. An umbrella. My contact lenses. A contemporary police procedural thriller but with vampires (haven't found it yet but going to Waterstones tomorrow)

Do you know who Greyfriars Bobby is?

A dog that sat watch over his deceased owner. 

What’s the best show you’ve ever seen at the Fringe?

Last year Joseph Murpurgo's Soothing Sounds for Baby was pretty up top! Also Lady Rizzo and Le Gateau Chocolat.

What’s the best piece of advice you’d give (or have been given) about the Fringe?

Drink some, but not all, the beer. Be nice and erudite. Never wear mauve. 

To ceilidh or not to ceilidh?

Judge the situation and look out for well placed visual and linguistic clues. 

What can audiences expect from your show?

Verbosity. Song. Lots of charcuterie references. 

See Luke Courtier's show Lunch 4 - 28 August in Underbelly's Belly Laugh, Cowgate.

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