Daphna Baram answers 10 Edinburgh Fringe Questions interview

Daphna Baram

Israeli comedian Daphna Baram returns to Edinburgh and this time she's channelling that other great immigrant to Britain, Paddington Bear.

1. Tell us about your career so far. Are you happy with where you're at?

I started performing comedy in 2010 inspired by a heart attack, a Big 40 crisis, 2 weddings and Chris Morris (who was at one of the weddings). I performed across the UK and Europe, 2015 is my 5th fringe, my third solo show and my 7th altogether Fringe show. I feel that I am making constant progress and am enjoying my journey. Of course, like everybody, I want more, better and bigger gigs, more money, global fame, peers' kudos, true love and a pint.

2. Describe your show in exactly 23 words.

The Immigrant's Pub Quiz: How to pass the Englishness test, build a new Jerusalem in east London and become Nigel Farage's biggest nightmare.

3. Why are you putting yourself through this famously stressful experience?

Because I am insane.

4. Any cunning plans to get more punters in?

I'm counting on the British eternal sense of inadequacy. They all want to know if they can pass the test and prove they deserve their British birthrights. Also, my poster alludes to Paddington Bear, and who does't love a marmalade sanrnie?

5. How much money do you think you'll lose/make this year?

You trying to kill me? Haven't the Jewish people suffered enough? Last year I managed what many acts wrongly refer to as "to break even", namely - not go to a cash machine while I'm in Edinburgh. If this year I manage to go back and pay the deposit for next summer's Fringe accommodation - I'll be chuffed.

6. What's your weirdest past Fringe experience?

A very drunk Czech heckler accused me of killing Jesus Christ. I have taken massive offence. I am no spring chicken, but I honestly wasn't there!

As it is not my first Fringe this year I know I'm looking forward to that moment in which I'm walking from Old Town to New Town on the bridges, after my afternoon show and before the evening show. The sun is starting to aim west and the air is clean and fresh with some post-rain sunbeams and bagpipes music is coming from the mound and I suddenly realise how happy I am to be doing what I'm doing, and to be alive. That, or this day in which I get a great review and my arch enemy gets a shit one.

7. What other shows are you hoping to see?

I have tickets to see Reginald D. Hunter, Stewart Lee, and Andrew Maxwell. I plan to see Sameena Zehra, Juliet Meyers, Oli Bettesworth, Giada Garofalo, Matt Price, Immigrant Diaries (Sajeela Kershi's brilliant story-telling show), Stephen Carlin, Martha McBrier and many others that I'll beat myself up for forgetting to mention.

8. If you took over programming a venue, what would you perfect line-up of comedians be?

Bill Bailey, Tommy Tiernan, Bill Hicks, Dave Chappelle.

Daphna Baram

9. Name the one person you'd rather not bump into during the festival.

It is rather a type than a specific person - the comedian who is doing great and everything about their run is fantastic and their room is always full and their bucket is flowing and their reviews are amazing and they are having a blast - but when you try to sell the same porkies back to them, they look at you with obvious and justified dubiousness.

10. Why should audiences pick your show over the 1,700+ other comedy offerings at this year's festival?

Because it is a bloody good show, it is about this year's hot potato, immigration. It is highly entertaining, it has a quiz, short jokes, long jokes, storytelling - and for the first time ever for me - it is squeaky clean. I've been slaving over it for a year with my genius director Amanda Baker and I'm very proud of it. (I perfectly realise that this paragraph proves beyond doubt that whatever test I may have passed - I am not quite English yet, because I'm yet to internalise one of the first things I was told here: "in this country, we do not blow our own trumpet".)

'Daphna Baram: Something to Declare' is at 2:30pm at Just The Tonic at the Caves on 7-9, 11-17, 19-23, 25-29 August. Listing

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