Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee, Chris Washington returns to Edinburgh with a brand-new show. If you like your comedy hard-hitting, boundary-pushing, genre-defying, jaw-dropping, eye-watering and Brexit-berating, then this is definitely not the show for you. However, if you fancy a laugh as a lad from Wigan tells you some funny stories for about an hour, then perhaps you should consider Raconteur. Chris spoke with The Fountain about what to expect from his gig and what he’s looking forward to about being in Edinburgh.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Yes, third year in a row. I really love the fringe. I like performing to new people every day, some coming back from previous years and then hopefully new people taking a punt and becoming fans for the future.
TF: Raconteur certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Just me telling some funny stories for an hour. The dictionary definition of Raconteur is “a person who tells anecdotes in a skilful and amusing way”. That’s all I ever set out to become when I started comedy in 2012. Keeping it simple.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
Real life, things I’ve been up to. In the last year I’ve turned thirty, booked a wedding and been to Australia so I’m just going to talk about that for a bit.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
Be funny, don’t put too much pressure on yourself, enjoy it.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
I look forward to to eating lots of haggis and battered mars bars. I think it’s always good to take a punt on somebody you’ve never heard of.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Raconteur?
Who knows! I will keep writing and see what happens… Maybe some scripted/ sitcom stuff. Watch this space.
Chris Washington’s new stand up show Raconteur will be at the Pleasance Courtyard Baby Grand at 8.15pm each day from 31st July – 25th August for tickets go to www.edfringe.com