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Michael Workman – 10 Edinburgh questions

Sunday, August 05 2012

Sentimental Aussie fantasist Michael Workman is back at the Fringe with a solo show about an exiled Castro-basher ...

Michael Workman

1. What is your show about?
It's called Mercy, and it's the story of a young Cuban man who criticises Castro and is exiled on a boat full of cabbages.

2. Describe it in 3 words.
Sentimental absurdist fantasy.

3. What is your favourite part of the show?
Probably 'Shark Facts', a song about sharks.

4. Complete this sentence: if you like ... fables ... then, hell, you might just like my show.

5. If your show were a dog, what type of dog would it be?
I very quiet cockerspaniel who perhaps was rescued from a home and is a little weird but very loving.

6. If you could change one thing about the Fringe, what would it be?
I'd move it closer to Sydney so I didn't have to fly for twenty hours just to get here.

7. Name 3 other shows you'd recommend seeing.
Sam Simmons, About The Weather. John Conway, New Conway Dimension. John Robertson, The Old Whore.

8. What would you be doing this summer if you weren't in Edinburgh?
It's not summer in Australia, so I would be rugged up in bed or playing the piano most likely.

9.What was your daily routine at last year's Fringe?
Same as this year, get up, eat curry, get coffee, flyer, do show, die inside, sleep.

10. Where do you fit into the Australian comedy scene?
No one fits in in a comedy scene, we're like the carpet remnants of society. That being said, if there were a bag of carpet remnants representing comedy in Australia, I would be three-quarters of the way up, next to some shag pile.

• Michael Workman – Mercy is on at 6.15pm at GIlded Balloon


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