Edinburgh Q&A

The Discount Comedy Checkout answer 10 Edinburgh Fringe Questions

Discount Comedy Checkout. Image shows from L to R: Chris Lumb, Natalie Smeaton, Terri Shaw, Eddie French.The improv team behind The Discount Comedy Checkout - Chris Lumb, Natalie Smeaton, Eddie French and Terri Shaw - answer our questions.

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

We have performed live comedy for over 8 years and make comedy films and sketches also, some of which have won awards. Between the members of the group we have clocked up appearances on Russell Howard's Good News, a Hovis Advert, a Kay Mellor drama and Crimewatch! We are happy to be where we are on the happy ladder but are happier to get happier and further up the happy ladder, or through the happy door.

2. Describe your show in exactly 23 words.

Improvisation comedy show which is fast frantic and full of comedy characters created before your eyes! All we need are the suggestions! Matron!

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

Because we as a group are idiots. Hungry idiots, with laughter on the menu and burgers.

4. Any cunning plans to get more punters in?

We have a special old lady who will stop at nothing to get our audience in, she's like a crowd Ninja, wearing stockings and a head scarf.

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

We'll hopefully make enough to eat on a daily basis, on good days we'll be able to drink too!

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6. What's your weirdest past Fringe experience?

We had an emergency as one of our cast members wasn't feeling good so the only thing that could help her was Chow Mein! Two other cast members ran around Edinburgh looking for the dish to save her life! She survived without it. Diva!

7. What other shows are you hoping to see?

Everyone in the group loves Hi-De-Hi! and we want to see Jeffrey Holland in his one man play about Stan Laurel. We also want to catch Gein's family Gift Shop Vol 2, Peter Brush, Joby Mageean, and loads more - too many to list really!

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

Morecambe and Wise Live... Carry On Live... Hi-De-Hi! Live......Bill Murray One Man Ghostbusters Musical Live... and Richard Pryor with John Candy in Brewster's Millions Live.

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

Jean - she was a singer in a karaoke bar last year who carried a large handbag with her which we assume had her dead husband's skull in (he didn't believe she had talent). She hogged the microphone and no one else got to sing. Bitch!

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

Because it's something different to the other shows because we are in it and not in any others, so come and see it and we'll give you a free pen or something. Seriously though we think you'll really enjoy it and laugh your face off.

'The Discount Comedy Checkout - Improv Show' is at Cowgatehead on 8-21 August at 12:15pm; and also at George Next Door on 8-15 August at 4:45pm. Listing