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Quick Quiz: Stephen Frost

By | Published on Sunday 30 July 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.
To kick us off, the cast of the iconic improv show ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ get all nostalgic as they return to the Edinburgh stage once again. Today, Stephen Frost.

TW: What was you first ever experience of the Edinburgh Fringe?
SF: I was sixteen and on holiday with my Scottish girlfriend in Edinburgh. I’d never heard of the Festival. I was a budding playwright and actor at the time, so I just went Billy bonkers. I just walked around and went into any venue, sat down and watched what was on. I saw five plays in one day. I’ve never done that since. One was ‘Under Milk Wood’ and another was ‘Tartuffe’ starring Windsor Davies from the 70s TV show ‘It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’. I was hooked.

TW: What’s the best thing you’ve ever seen performed at the Fringe?
SF: Windsor Davies in ‘Tartuffe’. He was hilarious, but his moustache was funnier.

TW: What’s the worst thing you’ve ever seen performed at the Fringe – so bad it was good?
SF: When American stand-up Eric Bagosian’s show was invaded by the late Malcolm Hardee on a dumper truck. Best thing in the show.

TW: Which of the Fringe shows you performed in do you most fondly remember – and why?
SF: I was in something called ‘The Wow Show’, an anarchic anti-theatre show. At the end we invaded the theatre dressed as the ALF – the Audience Liberation Front – and we were all called Alf. We liberated the audience, herded them out onto the street shouting “run free, you don’t have to watch theatre”, and then jumped onto the back of a scaffolding truck which didn’t stop until Portobello!

TW: Name a Fringe performer – past or present – who you’d love to see participating in ‘Whose Line?’
SF: I’d like to see Greg Proops on stage. I think he’s got potential.

TW: Other than performing and seeing shows, what is your favourite thing to do in Edinburgh during August?
SF: There are some very nice pubs in Edinburgh you know (licking lips and stroking chin).

‘Whose Line Is It Anyway? – Live At The Fringe’ was performed at the Assembly Rooms at Edinburgh Festival 2017.