Who? Naomi Karavani
Where? Just the Tonic at Marlyn’s Wynd – Just the Wyndy Room (Venue 296)
What are your feelings as you enter into this year’s Edinburgh Fringe season?
I always feel pretty corny saying ‘I’m excited’ so I won’t say that. But I am ‘charged’ and I have a thesaurus. A lot of comedians I love and respect have done the Fringe. I think it takes you up a level in talent and skill when it comes to stand up. It’s rare opportunity to do this many shows in a short amount of time.
What is the premise of your Edinburgh show this year?
The show is about how women can be assholes too, not just bitches. It’s stand up about evil things that I think and do, and also how white men don’t have a monopoly on evil. I think that’s important to consider as we enter an age where everyone is talking about how having female leaders will solve all of our problems.
What is the biggest obstacle you face(d) while putting this show together?
I wanted to avoid talking about the president as much as possible, because everyone is so tired of Trump jokes in the US. But the way the election impacted my family was so tragic and funny, I had to talk about it.
Has your attitude towards the Fringe changed at all in recent years?
This is my first year doing it, so I always thought the festival was so cool and out of reach. But now it’s less cool because I’m doing it now.
Do you have any other Edinburgh show recommendations?
Some of my favorite comedians will be at Edinburgh this year. Anna Drezen @annadrezen; Langston Kerman @LangstonKerman; AndersLee @andersleehere; Liza Treyger @GlitterCheese; Catherine Cohen @Catccohen.
Where would you like to be in a year’s time?
Hopefully back in Edinburgh, if this year doesn’t lead to some really specific performance related trauma.