Carmen Lynch is a stand up comedian who is half Spanish and half American, and has performed in Spanish as well as English. She is expressive, self-assured and cheeky, with a deliciously dark sense of humour. Carmen will be performing her free show Lynched in the Loft at the Counting House throughout August.
1) What excites you most about the Edinburgh Festival?
That I’ll walk around and see my giant eyeballs staring at me from the walls of all the buildings. It’ll either be very cool or I’ll have nightmares.
2) What is your first Edinburgh show about?
It’s my latest hour of stand up, which covers my life and my thoughts, but edgier because I’ll be in a different country thousands of miles away.
3) Does your comedy attract a certain type of audience?
At this point I’ll take anyone, but it’s usually people who laugh at inappropriate jokes and like to leave a tip after the show.
4) What is the worst experience you’ve had with Edinburgh accommodation?
I don’t know yet, but I’m guessing that it’s getting to Edinburgh with a large suitcase with no wheels and then realizing the place you’re subletting just burned down.
5) What is your most treasured memory of your comedy career so far?
A reporter who was interviewing Bob Newhart told me that Mr. Newhart told him that he saw me on The Late Show with David Letterman (the night that Don Rickles was on) and apparently Mr. Newhart told the reporter I was wonderful and had a lot of great things ahead of me.
6) What show will you definitely be seeing at the festival this year?
Anything after 5pm, which is when my show ends and when I’ll be stuffing my face and holding a drink.
7) What do you hope to gain from the Edinburgh Festival this year?
I just want to have a good time, because that’s when I’m not in my head. I don’t want to stress about the business side of things. It’ll be summer and I’m trying to look at it as a vacation with a little bit of work.
8) What do you imagine your last ever show will be about?
Probably death. Maybe I’ll even get to die on stage. That would make a great dramatic ending and then maybe the audience would get a refund.