Linus Karp - On The Mic

Performer:              Linus Karp
Title of Show:          How to Live a Jellicle Life: Life Lessons from the 2019 Hit Movie Musical CATS
Venue:                  Greenside at Riddle’s Court
Time:                   5.15pm
Dates:                  15th – 27th August (not 21st)
Photographer:           Dave Bird


Tell me about your 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, How to Live a Jellicle Life: Life Lessons from the 2019 Hit Movie Musical CATS

My partner describes it as a “Ted Talk from hell”, which may be pretty accurate. It’s a very queer, silly and stupid show about how to make your life more jellicle. It’s a PowerPoint presentation peppered with pop culture, queer joy and, according to the Guardian, “too many penis jokes”.


Do I need to have seen Cats to enjoy this show?

No! No previous Cats knowledge is required – you’ll still leave feeling jellicle.


Did you enjoy Pride Month? What did you get up to?

I lived my best queer life, flew a queer flag outside my window, went to see many queer shows and donated to queer charities.


Is this your debut Edinburgh Fringe appearance? What have you heard about the Fringe? What are your expectations?

This is the first time I’m taking a self-penned show to the Fringe, which is very exciting! I have performed previously in 2017, 18 and 19, so it feels great to have the fringe back again this year – there really isn’t anything like it! To have a city completely taken over by artists and creativity is a wonderful thing.


Finally, ask and answer a question of your own.

What do you think a Fringe show should be?

As exciting as it is with big, established names and acts I think a fringe show should be, as the title suggests, fringe. It is special to find new and innovative acts doing creative things and telling stories you wouldn’t get on mainstream stages. This year more than ever, after two years of no proper festival, fringe creators really do need the support. Personally I also love shows that are queer and fun – I can’t wait to see as many of those as I possibly can this August!


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