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Quick Quiz: Chris Martin

By | Published on Wednesday 16 August 2017

This August the Edinburgh Festival celebrates its 70th anniversary. To mark the occasion, we have asked a plethora of performers about their personal Fringe experiences. Today the one and only Chris Martin.

TW: What was your first ever experience of the Edinburgh Fringe?
CM: Staying at a friend’s flat when I was 19. I’d never heard of the Fringe before, but my mate let us stay for free. I then let a cab driver I’d met in London stay with me for a week. He was twice my age and I will always remember his massive underpants drying on the radiator.

TW: What’s the best thing you’ve ever seen performed at the Fringe?
CM: Tony Law’s show at The Stand that got nominated for best show in 2012. I watched it twice. So funny and different.

TW: What’s the worst thing you’ve ever seen performed at the Fringe – so bad it was good?
CM: Probably me. The other day I did a gig where the lighting was all wrong and I was lit from behind, so I could see my shadow on the back wall, and I was doing terribly.

TW: Which of the Fringe shows you performed in do you most fondly remember – and why?
CM: This year’s show is by far my favourite. I’m finished by 3.45pm so I can get home in time to watch ‘Flog It’ and relax.

TW: Name a Fringe performer – past or present – who you’d like to join on stage?
CM: Paul Foot. He’s such a silly man and in Australia two years ago he stole all the spoons from my serviced apartment room. So I’d like to take loads of spoons on stage and throw them at him.

TW: Other than performing and seeing shows, what is your favourite thing to do in Edinburgh during August?
CM: Seeing my friends from the world of comedy that I don’t get to see for huge parts of the year. It’s either that or eating in Mother India on Infirmary street.

Chris Martin performed ‘The One And Only Chris Martin’ at Laughing Horse @ The Pear Tree at Edinburgh Festival 2017.