Who? Alison Spittle
What? Worrier Princess
Where? Gilded Balloon Teviot (venue 14)
Are you prepared for what this year’s Edinburgh Fringe has in store for you?
Yes I think so, more prepared than other years. I’m moving to London from Dublin so I really need this run to work out so I’m throwing everything at this show. It’s a big gamble but hopefully worth it.
What is the premise of your Edinburgh show this year?
It’s about a time in my life where I felt my dreams were coming true, I just finished filming a sitcom I wrote but I realised that it wasn’t an instant fix that I thought it was going to be.
What was the biggest obstacle you face(d) while putting this show together?
Finances would be a big obstacle and fear. The first year I did a full run at Edinburgh, I stayed on an airbed behind a couch in Leith and gigged to two people. I had a documentary crew catch up on my run. It was just footage of me flyering in the rain and crying.
I made some of my best friends that year and learned so much that made me a better comedian so it was worth it. My last run in Edinburgh went way better, I’m excited for this year.
Who would most enjoy your show?
My mother, she is very supportive. If you’re not my mum, you’d still enjoy it just not as much as her, it’s not physically possible.
Do you have any other Edinburgh show recommendations?
I can’t wait to see Lolly Adefope’s third show. Catherine Bohart is an up and coming comedian who blew me away with her short set at Vodafone comedy festival in Dublin and I can’t wait to see an hour of her. Rosie Jones was a guest on an episode of The Guilty Feminist I co-hosted, she’s hilarious and her premise is so strong.
What is your favourite thing about Edinburgh as a city?
Joe was a fantastic shop, it closed down this year and I panic bought lots of stuff on the Internet, they gave me a free mug and tote bag I’ll treasure it. Paradise Palms has the best food and the most surliest waiters in the most flamboyant of shirts. It’s an Edinburgh institution that I love very much.
What are your plans for after the festival?
I’m moving to London, I hope to write more TV stuff and be a jobbing stand up comedian (waitress or nanny). If anyone has any tips on where in London is cheap for rent hit me up. I’m already YouTubing how to live in London on a fiver a day, it’s seems you can get free salt and ketchup from McDonald’s. I look forward to nicking toilet roll from pubs.