Simon Munnery is always a stand out surrealist performer at the Edinburgh Fringe and this year looks set to be no different. Munnery is performing his latest show Renegade Plumber at The Stand throughout August.
1) What excites you most about the Edinburgh Festival?
Doing a show for a month; it’s such a buzz.
2) What was your first Edinburgh show about?
It was a revue entitled ‘Jane Austen: Astronaut?’ I did two 5 minute stand-up spots and appeared in a couple of sketches.
3) Does your comedy attract a certain type of audience?
There’s much variety; of age, gender, ethnicity, but so far, touch wood, they seem to be lovely people in the main. There are occasional exceptions; a few years ago there was a group in (at 3.30pm) who were unshutupably drunk. “We’ve been to The Whisky Society” they informed me by way of explanation.
4) What is the worst experience you’ve had with Edinburgh accommodation?
The first time was the worst; an entire theatre company shared a tiny flat. We slept in tightly packed rows on the living room floor, and people would inevitably step on you on the way to the toilet.
5) What is your most treasured memory of your comedy career so far?
Stealing the Perrier award and being run to ground like a fox.
6) What show will you definitely be seeing at the festival this year?
N.o.n.c.e. No idea what it’s about – although I can guess – but I’ve promised to attend. It’s good to see a show knowing as little as possible about it, so that it may surprise you and perhaps delight.
7) What do you hope to gain from the Edinburgh Festival this year?
Enough money to feed the bairns, a show I can tour, and two or three really good conversations.
8) What do you imagine your last ever show will be about?
My impending death perhaps? But then again, maybe in a sense they’ve all been about that.