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5 minutes with Richard Gadd

Thu 4 August 2016

Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do is in Edinburgh as part of Soho Theatre’s 17 show Edinburgh Fringe season of the most vibrant new theatre, comedy and cabaret.

You do a lot of running in the show – how are you going to refuel and keep up the energy in Edinburgh?
Edinburgh is weird. You seem to take on a sort of superhuman strength during the festival which means you don’t need to eat and sleep and you end up running on empty which sort of powers you through and then it all hits you in one big wave at the end and you get ridiculously sick. I am going to do my best to eat properly but my knowledge of good dietary requirements is about as good as my knowledge of rare breeds of sheep. So I envision only the worst – tis’ the comedy way after all!

Top motivational tune to keep you running all month?
It’s a good question. When I use to run like a madman I mad many motivational tunes. Cure – Friday, I’m in Love was always a good one. Smiths – There Is A Light. Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al. But I always prefer ones a bit angry that get the blood pumping. Pogues – Boys From The Country Hell or Flogging Molly – Drunken Lullabies are my creme of the crop. There’s nothing like starting a morning run with the line: “Then I broke his f*cking balls.”

Favourite Edinburgh hangover spot?
I would have said the balcony bit in the cafeteria at the Gilded Balloon, they use to have these really comfy couches and you could slip away easy peasy and have a snooze and drag one bought coffee out to six hours, but I went there yesterday and lo’ and behold they have replaced the comfy couches with wooden chairs. So sod that. Don’t want to be seen hanging around paid venues anyway. It’s literally “sleeping with the enemy”…

Any pre-show rituals?
No! God, no! Why do I do this?! This is going to be horrible! I should have gone into finance! This is going to be a disaster! Everyone’s going to hate me! I’m going to get one star! Try and kill myself! Fail miserably! Wander off into the night somewhere! Get captured by pirates! Locked in a cargo ship to Sudan! Live out my days in a pre-arranged marriage to a guy called Favor!

Top of your “must watch” list for the fringe this year? (not your own show)
I’m going to go with the heavy-hitters…
The Royal Military Edinburgh Tattoo, The Ladyboys of Bangkok & Louis CK.

You can catch Richard Gadd at Banshee Labyrinth from 6 – 28 August at 9.45pm

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