Show: Celya AB: Swimming Venue: Pleasance Courtyard – The Attic Time: 7.15pm Dates: 3rd – 29th August Photographer: Rachel Sherlock Links: Profile and Social Media
Please tell me about your 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, Swimming
The show is called Swimming and is about moving from Paris to Birmingham, trying to fit in with Britishness and learning to swim at the age of 25.
What do you think of Edinburgh?
I first went to the Fringe in 2018. At the time I worked in a pub and my days off were quite sporadic and if I’m being honest, I didn’t really know what the Fringe was. I had 4 days up in Edinburgh and I really fell in love with it. I know it can be quite stressful for everyone and it has its problems, but I’ll always remember the 4 days in 2018 where it felt like a pilgrimage. It always feels a bit special up there.
Who inspires you?
My tastes in stand-up are quite daft and a bit surreal with strong imagery. I love Maria Bamford, Dylan Moran, quite a lot of Tina Fey’s writing. I also love French hip hop which often has really solid jokes in it.
Are there other shows you want to check out during the Fringe? What are they?
Yes – tons. How long have you got? I’m excited to see Eric Rushton, Good Kids, Alison Spittle, Sarah Keyworth, Lily Phillips, Josh Jones, I mean basically everyone’s. Just going to throw a dart at the program and take it from there I think.
What do I like doing outside of comedy?
I love going to see live music. I used to play guitar, and I think part of me still wants to be a musician. I also always get a bit emotional at live gigs and recently found out I tear up at any videos of people doing things together. Genuinely cried at a flash mob video the other day.
Tickets: Celya AB: Swimming