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Switch, A Sketch Show: My Edinburgh

4th Jul 2016

We chatted to our pals from Switch: A Sketch show, to get all their best insights on Edinburgh. Catch these Cambridge Footlights comedians in Buttercup at Underbelly's Med Quad from 3 - 29 August (not 15). 

Have you performed at the Fringe before?

Yes. But this is our first time performing at the Fringe as a group. In previous years, we were all very solitary. We would lock ourselves in separate flats and spend days ominously playing clarinets. So this year we’ve sellotaped ourselves together and vowed to never separate. We have emerged into the light of day, blinking and bewildered, as a team.

Where's your favourite spot in Edinburgh?

When I was younger, my favourite spot was this massive red one on my nose. But now I am older and more mature, it is probably the spot on my foot. In Edinburgh, my favourite spot is definitely Cowgate. It is vibrant and beautiful. And it sounds like an interesting political scandal.

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

Loads of slightly smaller suitcases. And maybe some toothpaste.

Do you know who Greyfriars Bobby is?

Of course. We’re really looking forward to his show this year.

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

There are too many to name. The School of Night, Daphne, Pajama Men, James Acaster, The Pin, Stewart Lee, Max and Ivan, Josie Long, Ahir Shah… all examples of shows we have been ambivalent about. Last year, I saw an episode of Deal or No Deal on demand. That was pretty good.

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

I’ve been told to go see ‘SWITCH: A Sketch Show’ in Underbelly Med Quad at 2.55pm. I’ve also been told not to advertise our show at every opportunity. People find that annoying.

To ceilidh or not to ceilidh?

It’s always best to spend twenty minutes standing awkwardly in the corner, secretly yearning to share in the joy. Worked a treat in the past.

What can audiences expect from your show?

Audiences can expect what they want to expect. But, if they don’t want to be disappointed, it is best to expect one hour of fast-paced sketch comedy from current members of the Cambridge Footlights. In our home run, we were flattered by a series of five star reviews and are looking forward to being judged more harshly in Edinburgh. From birthdays to babies and parrots to parliament, we have something for everyone. There will even be a live dodo*. (*There won’t be a live dodo.)

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