We chat to Award Winner Ian Smith ahead of their performance at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tell us about your show

My show is a stand-up show mixed with the obligation to include some unusual elements, like origami and not actually being inside the venue at all times during the performance. It also includes some shouting, a theme tune and I’ll be sitting on a stool for one joke.

What has been your weirdest Fringe moment?

Probably punching through some watermelons onstage during Late’n’Live. What they don’t tell you about watermelons is how difficult it is to get rid of the smell from your hand after you’ve punched through them.

What would be your number one tip for newcomers?

I think Heidi Regan’s show, Heidi vs Sharks, will be fantastic! I saw a really brilliant preview of it in February – and February is ages away from August, so I imagine it will be even better!

What’s the best and worst thing about the festival?

The best thing is the fish and chips from City Restaurant and the worst thing is how I feel about myself after a month of eating just fish and chips from the City Restaurant.

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