Gráinne Maguire says I LOVE YOU, PLEASE LIKE ME at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Name: Gráinne Maguire
Name of Edinburgh show: I Forgive You, Please Like Me
Venue: Gilded Balloon
Performance time: 3.15
Show length: 1 hour
Ticket price: £8

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
I’ve been a stand up comedian for ten years. I did audition for drama school when I was younger but my audition pieces were so intense and over wrought one of the panel actually starting laughing during it.

Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
It’s about my battle to be right about everything and also liked by absolutely everyone. I’ll be honest- it can get exhausting. I don’t know how Chrissy Teigen does it.

How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
I’ve been working on it since December. I think it will resonate with audiences because with social media having the right opinion on everything has never felt more pressing. We all feel the need to have the hottest take on all issues while at the same time, we all want desperately to be liked.

Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
If you want to avoid being flyered just walk about with a stack of flyers looking depressed- we never attack our own.

What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
I once farted so loudly walking up to the stage that I had to acknowledge it to the crowd of about 150 people.

Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
I really love the old timers- the people who stuck at it and had a really long career; like Joan Rivers, Dave Allen, Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks. My dream is to be the really old person at an awards ceremony that young people want to get their picture with.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
I like to walk to my venue with enough time to relax. I usually pick one song as my walking to my show song- last year it was a live version of Liza Minnelii singing Cabaret. It made me feel really showbiz!

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
I J’adore Lou Sanders, Lazy Susan, Stephen Bailey and Eleanor Tiernan.

Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
Because I have tried so fucking hard guys. I NEED this. I REALLY NEED THIS.


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