Sunil Patel is a comedian who certainly seems to be a safe pair of hands. He is a calming and confident presence on stage, which makes it no surprise that he was nominated for the BBC New Comedy award in 2012. Sunil will be performing his free show Titan at the Laughing Horse @ The Counting House throughout August.
1) What excites you most about the Edinburgh Festival?
I’ll be living with Dave Green and Benji Waterstones, the two most placid men in comedy/the world, so I am looking forward to psychologically bullying them to breaking point.
2) What was/is your first Edinburgh show about?
Juicer? It was about my juicer. And also I asked my female friends for a lot of my character flaws and then I addressed them all (except the one about my head looking the same if it was upside down – I cannot do anything about that).
3) Does your comedy attract a certain type of audience?
No, thankfully it attracts all ages/sorts of people so keeps me on my toes in case I try and do too much material about mid-late nineties hip-hop or Tamagotchi’s.
4) What is the worst experience you’ve had with Edinburgh accommodation?
I’ve always been fine, I don’t know what you’re thinking if you’re sleeping in a kitchen for a month or something. Have some self-respect and pay for a room of your own.
5) What is your most treasured memory of your comedy career so far?
I lived with Richard Todd in Edinburgh 2014 and he fell over in our kitchen and then did a little fart out of shock.
6) What show will you definitely be seeing at the festival this year?
Richard Todd – Monsters. In the hope he has a fall.
7) What do you hope to gain from the Edinburgh Festival this year?
A ton of $$$ and a nagging sense that now I have crushed my enemies there is nothing else to live for.
8) What do you imagine your last ever show will be about?
Good question. I hope it’s hopelessly out of touch with the public because my enormous success would mean I only address such concerns as “Wow I’ve bought 10,000 pugs, do you guys also have too many pugs?”.