Fringe comedy debut: Chris Fitchew

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  • 20 August 2013

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Fringe comedy debut: Chris Fitchew

The comedian presents his debut solo show at the Fringe 2013

What do you think might work out as the best piece of advice you receive ahead of your Fringe debut?
Avoid the late night bars!

What do you expect will be the least useful piece of advice?
Avoid the late night bars!

Imagine this is September: looking back at August, what would constitute a successful Fringe?

To have had great audiences, great critical acknowledgement, finding a great comedy agent, maybe meeting some great TV producers that like my work and for my liver to be intact.

In krugerrands, how much do you expect to lose during the Fringe?

Well it’s an investment isn't it? It’s like a very expensive (but very insightful and fun) tradeshow: if I was selling wine I would be at the London Wine Fair wouldn't I?

Back in the old days, there used to be a thing called ‘the festival shag’. Is this ancient tradition likely to play any part in your thinking during August?
I will take the advice of the footballers during championship tournaments and keep my tackle to myself.

Back in the old days, comedians would drink alcohol solidly for a whole month and still manage to get out and do their show every day: how much are you likely to imbibe per day?

I don’t drink on stage, but love a nice G&T after. That’s a hint to anyone who comes see my show: have it ready!!

What qualities do you expect from a Fringe venue?
Smiley and happy and helpful and fair. I did a theatre play years ago and the venue ignored us: each show is important, not just the big boys!

Will you read your reviews before your run is over and if so, how do you think they will affect you as a comedian and as a human being?
I will no doubt obsess over them: will it change my show? Depends. If what they say I agree on I could adapt it a bit and thank them for their free directorialship!

Do you undertake any superstitious rituals before going on stage?
It takes all the time up to the line to get all my costume and props together: there’s no time for rituals!

If you were about to perform at the Fringe for your tenth year, where would you expect your career to be at that point?
You'd expect to be popping in for one or two nights like the big boys do! Between filming your latest sitcom.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 3¬–26 Aug (not 7, 14), 3.45pm, £10–£11 (£8.50–£10). Previews 31 Jul–2 Aug, £5.

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