+3 Interview: Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck

“There’s a mystery, a dance, a bit of magic and lots of jolly nonsense.”

WHO: Naomi Paxton, Writer and performer

WHAT: “Variety! Comedy! A psychic duck! Join 2018 NATYS winner, Ada Campe, for a show about wonderful women, strange encounters and a fairground mystery that occurred on the Welsh coast many moons ago… ‘Extravagantly mischievous persona… brilliantly crowd-pleasing act’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Resembles an unhinged super-villain’ (Diva). ‘Sorcery wrapped in the kind of storytelling that would make Scheherezade jealous’ (Kate Copstick).”

WHERE: The Stand’s New Town Theatre – Studio (Venue 7) 

WHEN: 14:50 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

No, I first performed at Edinburgh when I was a student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) in Glasgow in 2001. Since then I’ve been back as both an actor and as a magician’s assistant in various shows… but performing as Ada Campe is definitely the most fun I’ve had at the fringe so far!

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’17?

Ada Campe came Top of the Bill at the 2018 New Act of the Year Show (NATYS) – the third woman to have done that ever! She also won the 2018 Old Comedian of the Year competition, held by the Museum of Comedy. It’s never too late to be discovered!

Tell us about your show.

The show is about Ada’s experiences of working at a funfair when she was younger – and how the women she met have influenced her career. There’s a mystery, a dance, a bit of magic and lots of jolly nonsense. It’s variety, comedy, magic, cabaret, and good fun!

I wrote the show and have produced it too – there have been previews in London and I’m now raring to release Ada Campe and her Psychic Duck on Edinburgh. I’d love to take her on tour afterwards…

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

Mat Ricardo vs the World, The Creative Martyrs, Charmian Hughes’ new show Bra Trek, Singalong Sitcom Quiz, Magic Faraway Cabaret, That Daring Australian Girl.


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+3 Interview: Imran Yusuf: Saint, Sinner, Sufi

“It’s a show for grown ups with plenty of club comedy style laughs and both well-informed and experienced anecdotes of life.”

WHO: Imran Yusuf, Performer

WHAT: “Everyone is offended, everyone is a victim, no one is happy. A show for bleeding heart liberals and angry disenfranchised victims. A show for good guys, bad guys and those who know better. Woe is me, the pariah. I am not to blame, that is the fault of others whom serve me to overlook my own faults. A show cognisant of human patterns, taking ownership of my own hypocrisy and realising that we become who we judge. It’s only funny because it’s true. http://www.imranyusuf.com”

WHERE: The Stand’s New Town Theatre – Studio (Venue 139) 

WHEN: 17:30 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

I’ve been to Edinburgh many times. I had been up a couple of times before I did my first full run in 2008, doing a three-hander and honing my craft, doing 20 mins every day for 25 days. Then in 2009 I went up and did a whole month of compering, and in 2010 I went up to learn how to do an hour’s worth of comedy and accidentally got nominated for Best Newcomer. I’ve done 3 solo shows in total and this is my fourth one.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’17?

I reached entry-level enlightenment at age 38 and understood why indeed life begins in this era of the the 40’s. The naive idealism of youth is exhausted from its nonsense but the remaining dreams are reinvigorated by the experience of enduring failure for so many years beforehand.

Tell us about your show.

My show is called Saint, Sinner, Sufi. It is a coming of middle-age show in understanding my life through the matured view of having lived through the naive and judgmental saintly-self, through to the bitter truths of indulgent sinning, all the way through to observing the middle path between these two extremes. It’s a show for grown ups with plenty of club comedy style laughs and both well-informed and experienced anecdotes of life.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

Go and watch Gamarjobat, they are pure unadulterated fun and so finely skilled in their craft. Also, I am keen to see what Phil Ellis is up to, he is quite possibly the most naturally funny man in the UK.


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+3 Interview: The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

“We’ve got a band of the Baron’s fellow adventurers with us and between us we’ve been to the Fringe almost a hundred times. If that doesn’t sound like many then I mean almost a thousand times. If that still doesn’t sound a lot then I obviously mean a hundred billion times.”

WHO: Lord Lovell of Leytonstone, Adventurer, explorer, inventor.

WHAT: “Amazing tales, elegantly told. Top award-winning comedians and improvisers tell extravagant stories, all based on The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. There will be swords, duels, elephants, castles built of cheese and all of it completely and irrefutably true! Discover how the Baron invented morris dancing, how his actions saved the Isle of Skye from sinking beneath the waves, why every fourth child in Bruges is named after him and other fantastically delightful stories. This show will delight adults and children with its wonderful joie de vivre and other pretentious words!”

WHERE: The Stand’s New Town Theatre – Studio (Venue 7) 

WHEN: 12:10 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

By goodness no! We’ve got a band of the Baron’s fellow adventurers with us and between us we’ve been to the Fringe almost a hundred times. If that doesn’t sound like many then I mean almost a thousand times. If that still doesn’t sound a lot then I obviously mean a hundred billion times. The Baron isn’t great at maths.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’17?

Well, modesty prevents us from mentioning that ‘The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen’ was nominated for “Best Kid’s Show” at the Leicester Comedy Festival this year. If we weren’t so modest and could tell you that this show is an award-nominated show, then that would definitely be the biggest thing that has happened to us this year…oh apart from discovering a living dinosaur, but that’s another story.

Tell us about your show.

Well, the show is, of course, based on the real-life adventures that we have all had whilst in the company of Baron Munchausen. Fortuitously a chap named James Wallis also wrote a role-playing book based on the great Baron, with permission we used some of his suggestions for the absolutely true tales that we make up on the spot. Last year the show existed as a loose framework where guest improvisors came and told stories, the very best of those acts were invited to join the company and since the last fringe, it’s visited the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Leicester Comedy Festival, Shaftesbury Fringe and the Stanley Fringe. We are hoping that the show will tour the UK following the Edinburgh Fringe.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

For families then we highly recommend Bumper Blyton at 16.10, Underbelly, Bristo Square. John Robertson’s Dark Room for Kids (even though it did pip us to the post for Best Kid’s Show in Leicester). Star Trek vs Star Wars – a cracking show that settles the argument about which is better forever (well, it doesn’t but it’s a lot of fun).

For adults: Worst Show on the Fringe, Subway, 69 Cowgate 2.30pm Only acts who’ve ever had a one star review can appear! 101 Comedy Club Hanover Tap 2.30pm. And Will Seawards Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories. At the Gilded Balloon. At midnight. Obviously.


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