The Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer winner is back with a comedy show about memory and swings specifically for bums. As seen on Live from the BBC and her own episode of Comedy Central Specials, Sofie Hagen is at the Pleasance Dome this August with The Bumswing. Sofie spoke with The Fountain about the show as well as her plans for the month.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?
Oh, I’m massively excited. When it comes to Edinburgh, it’s difficult to tell the difference between what is excitement, what is nerves and what is just your stomach reacting to a deep-fried Mars bar. But I really love my show this year and I’m in a beautiful (and way too big) venue, so hopefully it will be 80% excitement, 5% nerves and 15% mars bar (I had to use a calculator to double check this).
TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
I have lived in the UK now for over six years and sometimes I still feel like I’m visiting another planet and all of your actions and behaviour is alien to me. It’s partly about what I have got myself into over the years, because I’m a stranger here. But it’s also about memory – and the things I have forgotten, the things I have misremembered and the things I wish I could forget.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
To first-time performers and actually, all performers, I think the most important piece of advice I have ever been given is to treat it as if you are just one out of 10.000 performers. Which you are. I think it’s so easy to be caught up in the idea that EVERYONE WILL SEE IT (your poster, your show, your reviews) and that EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT IT. When actually, it’s such a huge festival, that you can easily have fun with your show, you can easily fail a few nights, you can be calm and it won’t matter that much. It’s meant to be fun. It’s a festival full of comedy. It should be fun.
TF: And what are your future plans, beyond the Fringe?
I hope to still be doing a lot of book events for my book Happy Fat. I will tour The Bumswing after Edinburgh around the UK. I am recording two Radio 4 shows before and after Edinburgh, so they will come out soon as well. I keep working on my two podcasts, Made of Human and Secret Dinosaur Cult. I’m fortunate that I’m enjoying myself very much with all of my many projects.
You can see Sofie Hagen: The Bumswing at the Pleasance Queen Dome from 31st July – 25th August (not 12th) at 7pm. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com