FRINGE PREVIEW – Paul Zerdin: Sponge Fest Revisited

August 5th – 15th,
8.25-9.25pm, Assembly George Street

Paul Zerdin

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Reclaiming the art of ventriloquism for the 21st century, Paul Zerdin returns to the Fringe after last year’s sell-out show with Sponge Fest Revisited.

Paul will bring three characters to life before your eyes: cheek-filled adolescent Sam; grumpy pensioner Albert; and the rather precocious Baby.

Critically-acclaimed, Paul’s charm and comic timing – together with a healthy dose of audience participation – see him delight audiences wherever he plays.

Here, he speaks to us about his show and his favourite Fringe experiences.

Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should people come to see it?

Paul Zerdin Sponge Fest Revisited is last year’s show on a bigger scale. Its a one man muppet stand – up sitcom.

Oh, and there’s also some ventriloquism.

What do you think the best things about the Edinburgh Fringe are?

The Assembly Bar and the Pleasance courtyard.

What changes have you seen – good or bad – over the years?

More comedy – which has to be a good thing.

Where are your favourite places in the city?

The Witchery restaurant and anywhere near the Castle

What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s happened to you at the Fringe?

Getting locked in my room in my apartment on my first morning in Edinburgh and having to pee in a pint glass before breaking the door down.

Describe, if you can, your ‘average’ Edinburgh Fringe day…

Getting up at around 9am with usually a slightly fuzzy head.

Reading reviews online over breakfast, then off to David Lloyd gym followed by a late lunch and then eventually tootle off to the venue for the show.

If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?

I would override the lighting computer at the Tattoo and project my poster onto the Castle during a show.

Who else are you planning or hoping to see?

Nina Conti – Its so great to see another ventriloquist. There aren’t many of us!

What do you have planned after the Fringe?

A cheeky holiday in the South of France, followed by my own first UK theatre tour.

Sum up your show in three words for us:

Stand-up, muppety comedy

Complete this joke for us: “A man walks into a Fringe show…”


You can book tickets for Paul’s show on the Assembly website.

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