In one sentence tell us about your show.
A couple of years ago it was revealed that Comic Relief uses some of its money to invest in arms companies and tobacco firms; they’ve stopped doing it now but my show is about all of that happening.
What made you decide to bring a show this year?
It seems as though more people have been talking about institutional racism, cultural appropriation and things like this on social media this year. The show’s about that sort of thing and about what questions I/we need to ask ourselves and what we can do about it all. Change!
Any advice you’ve heard or can give to anyone coming to the Fringe for the first time?
Deliberately go and see something which you know you’ll probably not enjoy.
What makes your show stand out from all of the others on offer?
That I’m wearing Lenny Henry’s old Comic Relief costumes which I bought on ebay. That and the hashtag: #comicreliefwesternphilanthropiccolonialismandpoliticalantipathyinrésistanceanupdatedanalysisofthecomediesofidentityinpopularculture
If anyone comes to the show and tweets the hashtag I’ll enter them in a draw to win one of the costumes. Exciting, I know.
What show, other than your own, do you not want to miss?
Lolly in the Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) at 16:30. Saw her perform a character called X at a stand-up night in Parliament Square 2 days before the election in front of a load of left wing activists (including myself) and she took the mick out of all of us, it was brilliant.
Now for the essential bit:
Name of the show: I Hat Lenny Henry
Venue:Greenside @ Infirmary Street (Venue 236)
Dates:17th – 29th August 2015 (not Sunday 23rd)