We chat to our Festival Favourite Jess Robinson ahead of her performance at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Can you tell us a little about the show?

Jess Robinson: It’s called No Filter and it’s a little bit naughtier than before. I’m not tied to Britain’s Got Talent anymore so I can say what I want. I’m opening up a bit more about celebrities. I’m not saying that this year is really rude. I’m not going to be dropping any C-bombs. There might be a little mild swearing but I’ve not suddenly turned into Jerry Sadowitz. It’s me but unfiltered.

When did you start doing impressions?

My mum was a teacher at my school. I felt that I needed to be the first person to take the mickey before any of my friends could, so I started imitating her. I love her so much and I felt awful. She just says whatever she thinks. I need to be more like that. I’m so polite and such a people-pleaser. I’m trying to find a balance between saying what I really think and not being rude. Perhaps doing impressions wasn’t the wisest career choice.

Have you ever been tempted to use your talents for evil?

As in prank calls? I’ve often done that.

I was thinking more along the lines of getting past a bank’s voice recognition security?

It would have to be a sort of Robin Hood situation. For example, I could take all of Katie Hopkins’ money and give it to refugees. She would hate that.


Jess Robinson: No Filter, Assembly George Square Gardens, 2-26 August (not 13, 20), from £9

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