Back by popular demand for 2017, our Brighton Bites series offer short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into shows performing at England’s largest arts festival. Hopefully, they will whet your appetite to try something new at this year’s Brighton Fringe.
Here, Abi Roberts tells us about her show, Abi Roberts: Anglichanka, which she’ll be performing at Komedia.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
A rip-roaring journey through living in the former USSR and studying to be an opera singer and returning as the first UK comic to perform in Russian in Russia.
Why Brighton Fringe for this show?
I’m bringing the show to Brighton because a) I ♥ Brighton and b) the audiences are so smart and very comedy savvy. I’m also bringing a show that touches on many different themes, including Gay Rights and censorship, so I’m really happy to bring my show to you Brightonians.There’s also the best fish & chips!
How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?
This show is constantly evolving in a very exciting way because of the topical subject matter. I’ve performed it over the last few months and I always have such interesting audiences who may or may not speak Russian (the show is in English but you’ll learn key phrases in Russian e.g. “is there any more vodka left?”)
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
It has EVERYTHING. Comedy, Marge Simpson, shitting dogs, opera, Liam Neeson, cossack dancing, vodka. The lot. I’m a stand-up so it has really good jokes, it has a brilliant story and it has a fantastic you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it finale!
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own)?
Aidan Goatley’s show (our shows clashed in Edinburgh so I didn’t get to see it); Rob Deering’s show because he is a genius; Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer’s show because I love chap-hop and if I can get a ticket, I might just get to see Jerry Sadowitz.
What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given for performing at a Fringe Festival?
“Don’t drink too much and avoid sleeping with the technicians”
If your show was a flavour of ice cream being sold on Brighton Pier, what would it be?
Do you know me at all?! ALL OF THEM! But if I had to choose then Jack Daniels & coke flavour.
Abi Roberts: Anglichanka runs at Brighton Fringe 17, 27 May
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