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10 Edinburgh questions – Jessica Fostekew

Tuesday, July 19 2011

One of the many debutants bolting up to Edinburgh this year is self-confessed 'Luxury Tramp', Jessica Fostekew, whose show contains a cow impression and boob cradling


Jessica Fostekew

1. What is your show about?
It’s about being posh but grubby, a human dichotomy. That got me into a mega-pickle you see, so it’s mostly about how I fixed that. And it’s about how lots of us change quite a bit depending on where we are and who we’re with. And it’s got jokes in. Mustn’t forget to mention the jokes.

2. Describe it in three words.
Contains cow impression.

3. What is your favourite part of the show?
Cor, toughy. This is different every time I do it. I’ve written a calming interlude in, where I get to cradle my boobies. I think all of us tend to enjoy that, but none as much as me.

4. Complete this sentence: "if you like ... then, hell, you might just like my show."
Can I change where the ellipses is? "If you ... don’t always know what you like ... then, hell, you might just like my show."

5. What do you hope to achieve at this year's Fringe?
I just want to come back a better comedian. I love doing this show and it wouldn’t be relevant to do it at any other time in my life, and I’ve put a lot of work into it, so I really just want to enjoy it and learn and learn and learn. I want to gig my wellies off and do my best. Anything else is a lovely bonus. Shit the face, writing that has given me a fresh new wave of excitement about it!

6. What worries you most about this year's Edinburgh? (Either about your show or the Fringe in general)
I think it’s a really tough emotional test, people talk of it as going into the ‘Edinbubble’ – where it becomes the most important place in the world and where everyone’s all caught up in themselves. Trying to stay confident and remembering you’re doing comedy because you love it and because its fun can end up being hard. I think that can be cured though by knowing in advance that I’m a minnow in a huge river of incredible talent, and it should always just be a joy to do what you love every single day, surrounded by some of your best friends. I’m properly excited about it.

7. Name 3 other shows you'd recommend seeing.
Just three is again, SO hard ... I would say see Bridget Christie's Housewife Surrealist, Lou Sanders's How To Be Awesome: An Introduction and Sara Pascoe v The Apocalypse.

8. What would you be doing this summer if you weren't doing Edinburgh?
I’ve always wanted to learn to play the cello. Temping.

9. If you were tramp and homeless where would you choose to live?
Outside of my mind, permanently off my tits. Actual homelessness is not something I’d wish on anyone.

10. Given this is your debut solo Fringe show, how does it feel to be taking the stabilisers off?
Excitingly wobbly, I can’t wait to go riding with the grown-ups.


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Jessica Fostekew: Luxury Tramp is on at 7pm at the Gilded Balloon from August 3-28.

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