Funny At The Fringe – INTERVIEW – Finlay Christie: OK Zoomer

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.

Finlay Christie: OK Zoomer

Location:   Gilded Balloon Teviot – Wee Room (Venue 14 )

Dates: Aug 3rd-16th, 18th-28th

Time: 18:00

Price: £11 Concessions £10

Ticket Link:

Hello! Tell us about yourself? 

I’m Finlay, I’m 22. I’ve been doing stand-up since I was 7 years old. This is the first Q&A I’ve ever done.

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

I named it after a meme. Sorry.

Tell us all about your show!

It’s about university, becoming an adult, being a child stand-up, and what we can learn from Gen Z.

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

Crizards, Bobby Mair, Erika Ehler, Mamoun Elagab and not Russell Hicks who I hate.

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. 

My university’s comedy society used to go up with a compilation show. From that I learned Edinburgh can be incredibly expensive, so before you go I advise getting into fuel theft or illegal logging.

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

Phil Ellis’ Au Revoir was the best show I’ve ever seen. A vivid portrait of a man on the edge. I wish I could have come up with Phil Ellis as a character. I also remember London Hughes’ To Catch A Dick being amazing and a real feat of energy on her part.

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

I’ve only ever written one show before, and one one-liner. It was the first joke I ever wrote for an adult audience. “My name’s Fin, you’ll recognise me from every French film, at the end.” Awful, I know. Fortunately that one didn’t make it in the show.

What three items are essential for a successful Fringe? 

When I won So You Think You’re Funny in 2019, all I brought were my clothes, my toothbrush and my magic amulet. I doubt any of those were responsible for my success.

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

Rothaniel by Jerrod Carmichael. I wish I could write a really honest, personal show like that. I watched it the day before an Edinburgh preview and it inspired me to tell the one story that gets me emotional, but I told it so badly that nobody understood why I was crying. It was really embarrassing. 

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

Go see live comedy.

Best thing about performing at the fringe?

It motivates you to get off your arse and write jokes.

The most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?

Flyering for hours because your show is in an out-of-the-way venue. I would rather drink liver bile than do that again.

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

Three tickets to my show I bet everyone says that.

What’s the secret to successful flyering? 

Don’t ask me because nobody came to my university’s compilation shows. The thing that always sways me as audience is good flyer design.

Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

Shakespeare but he’s incredibly high because I’d love to blow Shakespeare’s mind with something I wrote.

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

Follow me @finlaycomedy on everything.

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

I’m the future.

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