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Edinburgh Q&A

Published: Tuesday 9th August 2016

Amy Howerska.

Amy Howerska: 10 Edinburgh Fringe questions

Amy Howerska answers 10 questions about her 2016 Edinburgh Fringe show...

Give us a quick overview of your comedy career so far. Are you happy with where you're at?

Right I started in 2008 I KNOW I SHOULD BE MORE FAMOUS BY NOW, (it's a disgrace) things went pretty well when I started, so I decided to leave the country and really capitalise on that momentum. #WhatDoYouMeanNoStrategy?

Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (but mix them up, keep us guessing!).

1. Sir Christopher Lee used to call me at 11am on Sundays and bitch about his agent.
2. I once declined a invitation back to a movie star's hotel room because I had a spreadsheet to finish.
3. I never EVER divulge stories from my previous show biz job ;-)

Describe your new show in exactly 23 words.

If you don't like David Bowie, you're a psychopath and you are not welcome at my show...which is fricking hilar.

Any cunning plans to get more punters in?

Flyer my ass off with my street team and get all the people who came and loved it to send their friends...and hand jobs...obvs

What's your plan for trying to eat - and drink - healthily during the Fringe?

So far that has been going quite well. I am living out in Leith so that is healthier, a bus ride away from the madness. And means that we have to shop to eat. Normally I forget to eat or drink water, I end up quickly shoving a burger in my face before running to a show and then accidentally burp down the mic. I know pretty classy stuff.

What will you miss most while you're away from home?

Nothing really, my flat is lovely this year, so I won't miss the creature comforts. I love doing comedy and all my comedy friends, so Edinburgh is a treat really. I really appreciate getting to do what I love for a month solid. I will probably miss rest, but that can wait.

Aside from performing, what else are you looking forward to doing in Scotland's fine capital?

This year I am definitely going to climb Arthur's seat, foooshewa. Defo, absolutely. It is going to happen...

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

I mean this is a hard question because there is so much amazing comedy out there, but i shall give it a bash..

Wanda Sykes
Katherine Ryan
Dylan Moran
Flight of the Concords
Nish Kumar
Tony Law
Bridget Christie
Hannibal Buress
The Herbert
Brett Goldstein
The Penny Dreadfuls
Stewart Lee
Lou Sanders
Lazy Susan
Stuart Goldsmith
Foil Arms & Hog
Daniel Sloss
Tom Allen
Tom Ward
Roisin Conaty
and...me

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

Me- last year. God I was stressed.

Why should audiences pick your show over the 1,800+ other Fringe offerings listed on BCG this year?

It's really lovely, and funny, stupid silly and touching. I've really written it just for myself, which I think is why it has turned out so well. It is also pay what you want, so it won't break the bank...and you'll leave with a huge smile on your face guaranteed.

'Amy Howerska: Smashcat' is at Gilded Balloon at the Counting House at 8:45pm until the 29th August. Listing

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