Who? Maria Shehata
Where? Gilded Balloon at Old Tolbooth Market – Bottom (Venue 98)
What are your feelings as you enter into this year’s Edinburgh Fringe season?
I am actually excited this time. A stark contrast from my first show, I wanted to run screaming from it.
What is the premise of your Edinburgh show this year?
My life in the UK after my move from LA for love fell apart. But also about the choices I have versus the choices my parents had, and about control and flatmates.
What is the biggest obstacle you face(d) while putting this show together?
Is this enough? Is it funny? Do people care? All the same thoughts I have with every set.
Has your attitude towards the Fringe changed at all in recent years?
Yes, I am more mentally prepared for it than I was my first hour. It’s a beast of a festival and very trying financially, mentally, and physically and I always complain about it, but really it has helped me grow as a comedian more than anything else I’ve done.
Do you have any other Edinburgh show recommendations?
Helen Bauer: Little Miss Baby Angel Face, Nick Elleray: Big Nick Energy, Esther Manito: Crusade, Daniel Audritt: Better Man.
Where would you like to be in a year’s time?
Shooting my sitcom!