FRINGE PREVIEW – Catie Wilkins: Chip Off The Old Block

Catie Wilkins: Chip Off The Old Block

Catie Wilkins: Chip Off The Old Block

Catie Wilkins is one of Dave’s Top Ten Comedians to Catch 2011; and this young comedian is bringing her Chip Off The Old Block show to Edinburgh for the first time. We asked her to tell us more:

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

At the Wee Coo, a new Underbelly room off Bristo Square. Come to see the exciting new Underbelly room, stay to see the show. It’s about how much we turn into our parents. People should come to see it because lots of people are worried about that.

What are you expecting from the Edinburgh Fringe?

I’m expecting to perform my show to the best of my abilities, then have some dizzying highs of feeling like it’s all going well, and some crushing lows of feeling like it’s all going terribly. My main hope is that people will see it and like it (and that it will generate work for me in the future)

What’s been your strangest experience performing the show so far?

I did a preview in a building that I think might have been two hundred degrees. (OK that is an exaggeration). But it was essentially as hot as a sauna. All the doors were open, to tempt in a non-existent breeze, which meant there was audible street noise, and the audience and I were just dripping with sweat. Someone had put the venues only fan at the front though, so for once the audience all wanted to sit right on the front row. It was all right in the end, in a sort of spirit of the blitz type way. (But that bit of the blitz where people nearly fainted, and found it quite hard to concentrate on the comedy).

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

I would get Arthur’s Seat re-named ‘Catie’s show is brilliant – go see it’

Who else are you planning or hoping to see?

Lots of people… I want to see Lou Sanders, Jessica Fostekew, Katherine Ryan, Nick Helm, Josh Widdicombe, Vikki Stone, Carl Donnelly, James Acaster and ‘Fly Me To Baboon’ sketch troupe. There’s more than that.. but I can’t just list the guide. I think there’s lots of exciting people taking up shows this year.

What do you have planned for after the Fringe?

Going on holiday with my boyfriend. He’s talking about taking a tent to the Lake District. I think we’re going to need a hotel. And then I have my first children’s book being published in spring next year, so I’ll have to start doing stuff to get ready for that.

Sum up your show in three words for us

Funny, silly, good.

Catie Wilkins: Chip Off The Old Block is at Udderbelly’s Pasture from 3-28 Aug (not 15) at 20:00. More details are on the Fringe website.

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