Shivani Thussu would PREFER NOT TO SAY at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
July 18, 2019  //  By:   //  Edinburgh, Interviews  //  Comments are off

Name of Edinburgh show: Shivani Thussu: Prefer Not to Say
Venue: Monkey Barrel 2
Performance time: 13:20
Show length: 1 hr
Ticket price: PWYW or £6 to reserve a seat.

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
I’m Shivani, I’m a natural blonde from Lewisham, my performing background is I was in a church choir for many years and somehow now I’ve ended up here.

Tell me about your new show, what it is all about?
It’s a character comedy show set in a focus group where I play the different facilitators and participants. And then there’s a twist.

How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to
audiences in 2019?
I’ve been working on it for quite a few months just waiting for it to come together. I think it’s relevant because it’s very subtly about power and power is always relevant. Also it’s relevant because it’s jokes, and it seems to me that jokes are really having a moment in 2019.

Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
Don’t get shot. Look after your voice. Have a lovely sit down. See as many shows as you can.

What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on Stage?
In Year 7 I fainted on stage while singing an Elvis song because I’d eaten too many strepsils in a row.

Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
In the UK I really like Jamie Demetriou, Sheeps, my director Freya Slipper and all the people I do improv with at the Free Association which is a boiling hotbed of genius comedians. And in the US I like Kate Berlant & John Early and Zach Galifinakis and lots of SNL legends like Kyle Mooney, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Maya Rudolph.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
I love to floss for like 3 hours before to get all my nervous energy out. It’s an incredibly meditative dance.

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
My improv friends Flora Anderson, Theo McCabe, Nick Everritt and really looking forward to Johnny White Really-Really and Lola & Jo’s shows too.

Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
My show’s going to make you question whether your life is going well or not. Also it’s really cheap.

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