Funny At The Fringe – INTERVIEW – Sam Russell – Privileged To Be Here

It is festival season and that means that in the next month there is so many great comedy festivals to look forward to! This month we are looking at some of the great shows that you can see at the Edinburgh Fringe. So take note because we are going to give you all the information you need for just a handful of some of the great shows happening this year! We have also been able to interview some of the acts that are heading up to the Fringe as well.

Ed Fringe 2019

Sam Russell – Privileged To Be Here

Location:  Just The Tonic @ The Mash House  (Venue 288)

Dates: Aug 1-11, 13-25

Time: 19:45

Price: £8

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Hello Sam! Tell us about yourself?

Hi, I’m Sam Russell and I’m a comedian. I’m from London and very excited to be going back to the Fringe.

How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?

I wanted to get a little bit of a joke in the title, and being a White, middle class, straight, white, male… and also being privileged to be doing the fringe, I thought it cut the mustard.

Tell us all about your show!

My show is about looking at the current (rather angry) state of affairs and looking for a diagnosis and a cure. It moves from social media to religion to politics all tied up in a story of how I nearly died…

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?

Konstantin Kisin: Orwell That Ends Well

Hate n Live

Drunk and Heckle


Have you done the fringe before? What are the key pieces of advice you have been given or would give to new groups or people performing at the fringe.

Yes I have. I saw some friends go insane last year, they expected so much and then when it didn’t occur they were devastated. My tips are low expectations and a positive attitude. And if you’re a comic remember, no matter how badly it goes you will be a better performer by the end of it.


What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?

Louis CK 2017 (bad man, fantastic comic. He domesticates the largest subjects in the world making the approachable and hilarious for everyone)

Frankie Boyle: Prometheus (the best comic writer in the uk, his routines are like poetry than feature the word cunt a lot)

Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic (best title ever)


Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?

I’m such a basic white guy, I look like the hardest character to guess in “guess who”


What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?

The Kagools, pure physical, no talking, two grown women it kagools… hilarious and mental!!!

Andy Barr, always comes up with some bizarre but hyper engaging narrative.


What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?

Drink every day, but don’t get drunk.

Watch a show every day, but not to many.

Buy comfortable shoes.


What would be your top three items every performer must take to the fringe?

Comfortable shoes

A notebook

A sense of perspective


What’s the secret to successful flyering?

You need to be the most excited person about your show. If you don’t seem excited how can you expect anyone else to be?


Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

My late grandpa


If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?

@samrussellcomic twitter/insta


And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?

Funny knife story

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