Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should people come to see it?
My third solo show Anil Desai Is… is a comedy hour loaded full of the various sides of me, it’ll have fresh stand up, amazing impressions, true stories and some very funny colourful characters. It’s at the Gilded Balloon 7.45pm – 3rd – 18th Aug for a limited 2 weeks run only!
What are you most looking forward to about coming back to Edinburgh?
The beautiful Scottish weather, the deep fried food and the very lovely people of Edinburgh, which have all had me returning every August for the last 10 years. I absolutely love it, I look forward to that magical feeling the city has every year, to be a part of the most creative energy gathering in the world – I’m sure from space it could be seen as a glowing ball of light!
What’s been your favourite / funniest Edinburgh Fringe experience so far?
There were so many great moments over the years, so many highlights for me on stage, off stage, with the warmth and support of the locals, the festival parties, the friendships I’ve made, the spontaneous comedy chaos of the many fantastic late show gigs and the opportunities I’ve had have been life changing, so it’s hard to choose one over another.
My favourites are when I get to share the experience with many friends from around the world who all gather in to Edinburgh and exchange ideas and work and play together in the festival – it’s always so special there is nowhere else like it on earth in the whole year.
If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?
I would hire 100 people dressed identically to me, wearing my face masks and have them parachuting out of a plane with me into the main festival area, where I would then sit atop an elephant, led by all sorts of dancing girls and lead them through the city, each of them playing instruments to the funky Motown soul tune of ‘Nowhere to run’ by Martha Reeves – handing out promo fans for my show, so everyone who gets one, can keep cool at the hot, sweaty venues during the festival.
Who else are you planning or hoping to see?
Phil Nichol, Stewart Lee, Jason John Whitehead from Canada and Dave Eastgate from Australia are consistently brilliant comedians and Tricity Vogue’s Blue Lady is wonderful – so am looking forward to seeing their new shows.
What do you have planned for after the Fringe?
Shows at Bestival, then a holiday!! I’ve spent the whole year doing Comedy Festivals from Leicester and Devon to Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand, so a rest would be welcome after the fest. I have a couple of live show projects for a London Season I’ll be involved in from the Autumn – find more info at my website.
Sum up your show in three words for us
Diversely Awesome Funniness
You can catch Anil Desai at The Gilded Balloon from 3-18 Aug (not 9) at 19:45. More details are on the Fringe website.