Andi Osho bring Fringe debut Afroblighty to Edinburgh

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Andi Osho bring Fringe debut Afroblighty to Edinburgh

Multi-talented comedian has fingers in many pies

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).

Andi Osho: Afroblighty

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Andi Osho ('Mock the Week', BBC2) grew up in an East End tower block with Nigerian parents. Now she plots her complicated relationship with race, from her London childhood to the present day, encountering minstrel shows, Lenny Henry, the BNP, political correctness and America's first black President along the way. Andi is…

Andi Osho: Afroblighty

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Comic, presenter, actress and writer Andi Osho's straight talking manner combined with her distinctive individual style and appearance make her stand out from the comedy pack. Afroblighty is the funny and touching tale of an East End girl born to Nigerian migrants and her journey to find an identity in the cultural cross…

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