In 2015, Nicki Minaj was paid approximately $400,000 to appear at a New York City bar mitzvah. On the red carpet of this bar mitzvah she posed for a photograph flanked by eight red-faced 13-year-old Jewish boys, four on each side. It is this beautiful human menorah that best summarises Emmy Blotnick. Emmy’s comedy explores themes of anxiety, depression and neurosis alongside unlikely spirit guides Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Beyoncé, Andre 3000 and Swedish pop songwriter Max Martin. Whether or not they can point her in the right direction is anyone’s guess. Emmy spoke with The Fountain about her show, Party Nights, and her plans for August in Edinburgh.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?
Very excited! I’m looking forward to performing in a country where blood sausage is popular, and where Donald Trump isn’t president.
TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
My show is called Party Nights. It’s an hour of jokes and stories, some of which are about dealing with depression and anxiety, but not in a way that will bum you out.
TF: And what drove the project, where do your influences lie?
My influences include late-night talk shows, self-help books, and Amazon reviews written by people who are upset their lives weren’t substantially altered by a vitamin or a blender.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
I haven’t been before, but: I am keen on seeing all 3,000 shows in a row.
TF: And what are your future plans, beyond the Fringe?
I’m developing a TV show, more stand-up, and possibly my own line of blood sausage.
You can see Emmy Blotnick: Party Nights at the Underbelly Buttercup from 31st July – 26th August (not 13th) from 7:55pm. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com