Andi Osho bring Fringe debut Afroblighty to Edinburgh
Multi-talented comedian has fingers in many pies
This article is from 2010.
Andi Osho tells Marissa Burgess that an amusing upbringing and a new-found love of stand-up will keep her buzzing in August
We’re hoping that Andi Osho isn’t going to be spotted twiddling her thumbs on the Royal Mile as she’s only performing the one show at the Fringe. Outside of the festival she has her fingers poked in more pie varieties than a Greggs bake. Osho’s a comedian, actress, writer and presenter and isn’t likely to be giving any of those things up soon. ‘I love it all. I did a bit on the Psychoville Hallowe’en special and I remember thinking, “This is awesome, who needs stand-up?” But then a month later I started on Stand Up for the Week [Channel 4’s live topical show] and I was back in love with stand-up.’
Though a trained actress, she’d only performed 40 or so gigs when she won the Funny Women competition in 2007, a victory that highlighted her talent when she’d only just begun. ‘Everything’s happened fast,’ she confesses. ‘I’ve been doing stand-up for a relatively short amount of time. It’s been a combination of factors that have had things work out as they have.’ But her training as an actress certainly helps her out with the stage craft.‘The acting has definitely been very useful as no matter what nerves I have beforehand, I’m always comfortable on stage.’
As for the material, her upbringing by Nigerian parents in the East End of London provides a great crux to hang jokes on, and she’s not afraid to use them in her debut Fringe show, Afroblighty. ‘I’m really looking forward to going up for the whole month and soaking up the vibe, though hopefully not the rain. I’m pleased with how the previews are going, so we’ll just have to see. Part of the fun of the festival is hanging out with your mates for a month so it’s a win/win really.’ Bored is one thing she’s unlikely to be.
Andi Osho, The Stand III & IV, 558 7272, 6–29 Aug (not 16), 5.35pm, £8 (£7). Preview 5 Aug, 5pm, £7 (£6).